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Old-fashioned Butter Mints – Wedding Mints – Party Favor Ideas
Butter Mints Candy – Homemade Mints Without Cream Cheese
Homemade butter mint candy recipes are also known as wedding mints. Butter mints are dry candied mint that will melt in your mouth without being chewy.
Old-fashioned mint candy made without cream cheese so you won’t have to worry about refrigeration.
Make mini mint candies ahead of time for your next special occasion or simply add them to a candy dish for after dinner mints.
Traditionally wedding mints are served on a dessert tray for wedding receptions and baby showers but they would also make a sweet house-warming gift.
Homemade butter mint candy makes a great stuffer for party favors or thank you gifts.
Homemade Butter Mints – Party Favor Ideas
Give your guests a small thank you gift with homemade butter mints in a small keepsake or try some of these party favor ideas:
- Graduation parties: Surprise guests with a graduation party favor. Fill personalized graduation gifts with homemade mints in school colors.
- House warming party: Place mints in a pretty crystal candy dish with pastel butter mints as a gift.
- Baby showers: Make tiny sugar mints for a baby shower party favor. Color pastel pink or blue for a fun gender reveal party.
- Wedding shower: Serve as wedding shower party favors in the bride’s color theme.
- Wedding mints: The best way to serve wedding mints is packed in individual servings. Make your own butter mints for wedding favors or serve with dessert.
What Everyone Loves About Butter Mints
The best thing about these wedding butter mints is the ingredients are simple, and a little goes a long way. You won’t have to make more than one batch for a party.
Butter mints can be made months ahead of time which makes this candy recipe a perfect party favor for celebrations.
Party mints can last for a very long time without refrigeration and can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. If stored properly homemade candies can last for several months.
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Classic Recipe Butter Mints – Best Butter Mint Recipe For PartiesCourse: Dessert, candyCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium
Candy butter mint recipe is a semi hard candy recipe that will melt in your mouth without being gummy. Make butter mints for wedding receptions, birthday parties, baby showers, or a proper southern tea party.
3 cups sugar
12 drops peppermint oil
1 cup water
1 lb unsalted butter (not margarine)
pastel gel colors or powder food coloring (optional)
- In a 4-qt saucepan add water and butter cut into 1 inch pieces.
- Place on the stove and bring mixture to a boil.
- Take the pan off the heat and let the mixture cool for 2 minutes.
- Add the sugar to hot mixture and bring to a full boil (turn heat down, so the sugar mixture is at a low boil)
- Put a lid on and low boil for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove and lid and boil sugar mixture until it reaches 270°F or soft ball stage. See notes below to make this recipe without a candy thermometer. This may take a long time depending on humidity.
- Pour the candy on a greased cookie sheet pan.
- Add a drop of peppermint oil or peppermint extract (and gel food coloring if desired) on top of mixture.
- Use oiled wooden or silicone spatula to slowly fold oil and coloring into mint mixture.
- When the mixture is cool enough to handle, stretch the sugar candy out 46 times with a long pull that stretches across a double length of the pan.
- Divide candy into two equal portions. Pull candy into a small rope about the width of your pinky finger.
- Cut little rectangle or square pillow shapes with scissors or use a pizza cutter. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
- Soft Ball Sugar Test: Place a small ball of hot sugar mixture into a cold cup of water. Form a ball with your fingers. If the ball falls apart or is tacky let the mixture boil a little longer. Soft ball stage should form a ball that keeps a shape and is still soft. If the ball hardens like glass the mixture has reached a hard ball and has boiled a little too long for this recipe.
- How To Make Traditional Pastel Wedding Mint Colors? Use gel food coloring to make your own small mints in pink, green, blue, yellow and orange.