No longer do you need to be a slave to the Altoids empire! Now you can make curiously strong candies in your own kitchen. I started with peppermint, cinnamon, and sour apple. What's next? Clove? Coffee? Bacon?? The sky is the limit!
These can be stored and gifted in your own personalized tins. How thoughtful!
Step 1: The Secret Ingredients
- Gum Paste
- Powdered Confectioner's Sugar
- Flavored Oils
- Citric Acid (to add to flavors to make them sour)
- Bubble tea straw (or small round cutter)
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Step 2: Measurements!
100g gum paste : 1 dram flavoring
The powdered sugar is used to keep the dough from getting sticky, so you really just need a sprinkling of it.
Step 3: Adding the Oil
This is still a good suggestion.
If you try to add too much oil at once, you'll have a sloppy mess on your hands.
So remember to incorporate the oil into the paste gradually, and keep tasting the dough so you can adjust it accordingly!
Do the same if you are using citric acid to adjust how sour you want your candies to be.
Step 4: Kneading
Use the powdered sugar mainly to keep the paste from sticking to your counter surface and a rolling pin.
Roll out the dough to about 1/8" thickness. If you don't have a rolling pin, a round bottle will do!
Step 5: Cutting
After you've cut out all the shapes you can from your "dough", you can re-roll it out and cut more!
Step 6: Drying Time
Let them air-dry for several days to achieve the proper texture.
Here I've got my three prototypes drying separately - peppermint, cinnamon, and sour apple. Next I might try chocolate, chocolate-mint, sour cherry - who knows. It's so fun and easy to do, I might never stop!