The mint recipe called for:
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons water
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- peppermint extract
You bring the granulated sugar, and water to a boil, remove it from the heat, add the powdered sugar, and peppermint extract, and then drop it in small balls onto wax paper to cool.
I deviated from the original a bit, by dividing the mixture in half, after adding the powdered sugar. I added a drop of peppermint extract to one half, and to the other I added several drops of strawberry extract, and four drops of red food coloring.
Instead of dropping the dough directly onto the wax paper, I waited a second for it to cool enough to handle, and then I rolled it into balls, and formed them into hearts, play dough style.
The dough became crumbly, and unworkable as it cooled, but 5 seconds in the microwave was enough to soften it back up.
When the hearts had cooled, and hardened for 15 minutes, or so, I used edible food markers to write sweethearty type messages on them. Now that I have a feel for how it works, I hope to give the children a chance to make their own batch of sweethearts. If nothing else, it will be a good spelling, and handwriting exercise.
It's great to be a homeschooler.