Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Fun: Mints

Now I know that the title of this post doesn't sound too exciting......mints?
But trust me when I say that you have never had mints like these!
This is another one of my Nina's famous recipe.
Everyone who has ever had them has asked for the recipe.
In fact, I'm pretty sure that people invited my family to Christmas parties just so my mom would bring these delicious little confections.
Every year our pastor and his family would come for dinner at our house around Christmas time, and every time he came, his first statement was, "I'll sit next to the mints!"

Most Ghanians are not big sweet-eaters.
As a general rule, they don't like ANY of our Christmas goodies.
But these?
These they like!

Not only are these tasty, they are super-duper easy!
Leaves more time for enjoying them?
Right!

Mints

1/3 c. light corn syrup (can make your own, but they will not set up as well)
1/4 c. butter (NO SUBSTITUTES!)
1 tsp. peppermint extract
1/2 tsp. salt
1 lb. confectioners'/icing sugar
red and green food coloring

Blend corn syrup, butter, extract, and salt together.
Add sugar to mixture.
Divide into two parts and color one half red (which will really look pink!) and the other half green.
Roll into 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper.
Press with thumb (like making thumb print cookies).
Refrigerate until firm.

* If you wish, you could also dip in chocolate!

3 comments:

Julie Moore said...

Yum! If you want to submit these to the 12 Days of Christmas {Goodies} link-up, they'd be more than welcome there. DELISH! Bookmarking for later!

Emilio Fernandez said...

Good morning how are you?

My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

For all this I would ask you one small favor:
Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Ghana? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Ghana in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

Emilio Fernandez Esteban
Calle Valencia, 39
28903 Getafe (Madrid)
Spain

If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

Yours Sincerely

Emilio Fernandez

Julie Moore said...

Thank you for linking these up to the 12 Days of Christmas {Goodies}! :)