HOMEMADE PEPPERMINT CANDIES
Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 tsp. lemon juice 2c.
2c.white sugar 1 T. peppermint extract
1 T. peppermint extract
Several drops of red food coloring
Liberally spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Alternatively, line a rimmed baking sheet with a Silpat.In a 4-quart saucepan, bring sugar, honey, and water to a boil, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves. Cook mixture until it reads 305°F on a candy thermometer. Quickly remove the pan from heat, and stir in lemon juice and peppermint extract; be careful, because it will bubble up. Pour hot sugar mixture onto the prepared sheet, but do not scrape the pot clean (the sugar will already begin to cool). Let mixture cool until bubbles subside. Coat a metal bench scraper with cooking spray, then spread and fold the sugar mixture continuously, until it thickens and turns into a dough-like solid. Do not attempt to touch it with your bare hands. Wearing rubber gloves, pull off 1⁄3of the mixture, place it flat on the baking sheet, use your thumb to indent a small crevice, and add several drops food coloring into the crevice. Quickly pull candy and fold it into itself until the red food dye is thoroughly incorporated. Stretch the remaining candy until it’s a foot long, fold it in half and continue pulling and stretching in the same manner until it whitens in color. Pull both pieces into 12-inch-long ropes. Place ropes side by side and twist pieces together. Starting at the right side, pull and twist rope until about 6 inches of candy are twisted ½-inch thick. Quickly cut 1-inch pieces off with scissors. Place on a lined baking sheet to harden. Continue twisting, pulling, and cutting 1-inch pieces into 6-inch-long sections until candy becomes too hard and can no longer be pulled. Reserve leftover candy block to crush into pieces for other recipes. Store candies in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.
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