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Home Care Recipes: Homemade Soft Peppermint Sticks

Home Care in Southborough, MA

No holiday season is complete without the taste of peppermint. This favorite holiday flavor is found in everything from ice cream to coffee, and, of course, candy canes. Eating hard candy canes can be difficult on elderly teeth, but the soft version offers all of the wonderful seasonal flavor without the difficult texture. This makes them perfect for a sweet treat at the end of the day, a little pick me up in the afternoon, or even as a natural means of settling your stomach after indulging just a bit too much in other favorite festive foods.

Making homemade soft peppermint sticks is a fun and simple activity that your aging loved ones can enjoy with their non-medical home care aide as a way to get their minds active during the day, but also as a handmade gift idea. These keep for many months so your parents can start making them early and have plenty on hand to give out to friends, family members, and neighbors as a festive treat.

What You Will Need

  • Peppermint oil
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 cups of white sugar
  • Food coloring
  • A large heavy bottomed pot
  • A mixing spoon
  • A marble slab
  • A cooking thermometer
  • Scissors
  • An airtight tin

What to Do

  • Place the large heavy bottomed pot on medium heat
  • Place three tablespoons of butter and the sugar into the pot
  • Boil the 1 cup of water
  • Once the 1 cup of water has reached a boil, pour it over the butter and sugar
  • Stir until the butter and sugar has dissolved
  • Allow the mixture to come to a rolling boil
  • Use some of the remaining butter to create a buttered surface on the marble slab to work on
  • When the sugar reaches 270 to 280 degrees, the soft crack stage, remove it from the heat immediately
  • Pour the sugar mixture onto the buttered marble slab
  • Add the peppermint oil and food coloring as desired
  • Using what is left of the butter, rub on your hands to butter them well
  • Start pulling up pieces of the sugar, which is in a blob shape
  • Keep stretching the sugar so that it will not set up
  • Continue to stretch the sugar until it has become stringier and has lost its shine
  • Pull the candied sugar into one long string
  • Cut the candy into one inch segments, or longer if desired, using the scissors
  • Store the candies in an airtight tin

Special Tip: These soft peppermint sticks are delicious to nibble on all on their own, but they are also a wonderful addition to many seasonal recipes. Drizzle some chocolate syrup into your coffee and stir using one of your peppermint sticks for an instant peppermint mocha, or create an even more delicious treat out of a cup of hot chocolate by adding one of these so that it melts down and gives a burst of minty flavor through the drink.

If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Worcester, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (508) 917-6649