This is a fun and easy way to make your own Altoids
Step 1: Ingredients
- Gum Paste
- Flavored Oils (I used Peppermint and cinnamon)
- Powdered Sugar
- Food Coloring (Optional)
- Straw (or anything you can use to cut our shapes)
Step 2: Gum Paste
cut 50g of gum paste.
I only used about 50g because the gum paste is rock hard at first, this way when it's time to start kneading it, it won't be that difficult.
Step 3: Powdered Sugar (extremely Important)
Now, I learned this the hard way !
Sprinkle some powdered sugar on a plate or some foil paper then place the Gum paste on it, and also sprinkle some on top of it. If you don't add the sugar and just start adding water and oil the paste will get extremely sticky and messy (you can only imagine since it's gum).
Step 4: Add Flavored Oil
Next, you want to add as much flavored oil as you want. There isn't an exact amount because it depends on how strong you want your mint to be, just make sure to keep trying the gum paste as you add. I ended up using about a cap full of the oil.
* Note: the oil helps to soften the gum paste, so its easier to mix.
Step 5: Mixing Time !
After adding the oil, the paste should be a bit softer so you can start mushing it around. Add about 1/4 of a teaspoon of water to make it moist and even easier to mix. If you feel that the paste is to dry add a tiny bit more water or if its to wet and starts to feel slimy add some more powdered sugar to it, until you feel like the paste is perfect. This would also be a perfect time to add food coloring if you want to make your mints colorful. just add a few (about 4) drops and mix the paste.
Step 6: Thickness
Once the kneading is done, add some more powdered sugar on foil/ plate and flatten the paste on it then sprinkle some powdered sugar on top of it. Again the thickness of your mints depends on your liking.
*Note: If you flatten it out to much it will be difficult to cut shapes out of the paste, and if it is to thick it will take longer for the mints to harden and dry
Step 7: Cutting
Finally, it's time to cutting out the mints !
Use a straw to punch holes in the paste for your mints. And if you want something different you can bend the straw into a heart for cute heart shaped mints or use any other cutting utensil to cut out any different shape you'd like.
* Note: If you are using the straw you are going to need to blow on it to get the paste out. Make sure that you don't blow near powdered sugar because it will make a mess.
Step 8: Dry Time
After all the cutting just add a bit more powdered sugar so they won't stick together then set the mints aside for several days to let them dry and harden. If you don't let them dry for enough they will still feel chewy like gum in your mouth once you start biting or sucking on it. Mine took about a week to dry correctly.
But after the wait your mints will be dry and ready to be eaten !