Homemade Altoids Recipe




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Altoids are surprisingly simple to make, and you can create any flavor you can think up!  All you need are a couple ingredients, some flavored oils, and your imagination.

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

These Altoids require few ingredients, but they might not be too easy to get a hold of, so I've provided some easy links:

I used a liquid citric acid to add to my apple flavor, but that was a disaster! I highly recommend using the powdered form I linked to above.

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Step 2: Measurements!

In researching other people's attempts at making Altoids, I discovered a surprising dearth of actual measurements to use! Everyone seems to just "wing it." But that's not good enough for me! Of course, you can (and should!) adjust to your personal preferences, but here are the measurements I had the most success with:

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

Because I wasn't sure in the beginning how much oil : paste I would need, I used an eyedropper to parse out the oil slowly.

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

Knead the oil into the paste with your hands. You can add some powdered sugar if it gets too sticky, but the more powdered sugar you add, the more your flavor will become diluted.

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

A bubble tea straw is the perfect size for cutting out Altoids! If you don't have one, improvise. Look for something of a similar size - maybe even a bit of copper pipe? You can really make them any shape you want, so don't feel limited.

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

Toss your cut candies with a bit of powdered sugar to keep them from sticking together.

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!

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    126 Discussions

    I was thinking the same thing this morning! I even have a tiny heart-shaped cutter. And they make these cake decorating pens you could use to write on them!


    1 year ago

    Do you think drying could be sped up with a dehydrator?


    3 years ago

    this **** is so ******* cool


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Do you have any suggestions for how to make ginger Altoids? Can you put the actual spice into the gum paste or does it have to be the oil? It would be nice to have some in my purse because I've heard they're good for digestive issues and I've never seen them in a store before. Thank you!

    4 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Ginger is great for digestion!! You may use doterra Ginger Oil in the liquid form for great results!! You can order the real Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade GInger Oil from my website. www.doterraoils.rocks We made Wild Orange, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, and Cinnamon too!! All are yummy, easy to keep in a handy tin and can be used as a self-care wellness alternative. Email if you have any questions- OilsofVero@gmail.com


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    The oil would be much easier to work with and honestly for digestive issues the pure root is better for you.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Did you ever find out if you could use fresh ginger? Would you need to dry and pulverize it? Or does it need to be the oil/flavoring?


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Alas, I haven't had the time nor the resources to find out. If I ever do, I'll definitely comment here to let you know!


    3 years ago

    My son and i made these candies today and were thrilled with the finished product. We didn't have a bubble straw, so we used a funnel to cut out our candies and a straw to push the out of the end of the funnel onto parchment paper to dry. it worked great.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Update Flavored Oils Link the one you have gives a 404 error message


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    6 years ago on Step 6

    So I know that I'm a little late to this thread.. however I've been trying to come up with a way to make my own Xylitol mints. Apparently 2tsp of xylitol a day will seriously keep the dentist away.. for those curious.. please look at the links below.

    I"m excited to try this, but I'd like to incorporate xylitol into this recipe. Any thoughts on the best way to do it? Ideally, I'd like to make it so that eating 3-5 mints throughout the day would end up having 2tsp of xylitol.


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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You could just make your own gum paste with xylitol!!


    I am just wondering how many mints this recipe yields? Like how manes mints would you say you have following this recipe?


    4 years ago on Step 5

    It's also easy to just roll the dough into small balls (think coke balls) and it's less icing sugar and time needing to punch out and reshape dough. I love the sound of the other shaping ideas though! Take care :-)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    alright quick question how many mints on average would a set of 100g make and what have you found to be the best flavours? thanks for the answer in advance

    1 reply

    Oof, I don't remember how many. I'm going to take a stab and say 50, since that seemed like what I was seeing in the picture. I loved the cinnamon ones the best. Sour apple was the group favorite though!