Altoids® Copycat Recipe

We eat a lot of Altoids®, and it was becoming quite expensive.
I searched the web and found little information on how to make Altoids
® at home.
The ingredients on the tin list few ingredients, so I began experimenting.

Here's what I came up with.
Powdered sugar
Xanthum Gum
Peppermint oil
Alltoids® copycat ingredients.  Peppermint oil, gelatine, Xanthum gum, powdered sugar

First sprinkle gelatin onto 1/4 cup cold water.

Let that sit for 5-10 minutes to soften.

Gently heat (over woodstove or in a bowl of hot water)

Whisk to dissolve the gelatin.

soften gelatin

Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of Xanthum Gum over dissolved gelatin

and whisk, whisk, whisk to incorporate the gum.

(It would rather clump.)


Then put the mixture in the bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer.

(Mine is a Cuisinart.)

Add a dram (or more) of peppermint oil.  

(Do not use extract - it is too volatile.)

Add a pound of powdered sugar and mix.

Altoids® type ingredients mix

 When it comes together, transfer to a cookie sheet and roll out.
I chose not to use a work surface because I was afraid the oil would flavor the work surface.

Then cut with a bench scraper.
cut altoids® type ingredients into shape
If needed, sprinkle with extra powdered sugar to keep it from sticking.

Put the cookie sheets where the candies can dry.
This takes several days in a dry house.
dry altoids® copycats for several days

It is hard to know how much this makes because we keep testing to see if it's dry enough.

It probably makes more than 12 tins of Altoids® Copycats for less than $3.00.

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Posted 2/11/12

This has been a spring and summer of getting around. 2005

You can see those pictures:
We're off to Maine for a week of pictures and lobster!  Day 5
The New York State Fair - lots of chickens and other animals.
A search for Rexford Falls and finding the Sherburne Historic District.
Antique Firetrucks in Liverpool.
Balloons at the Spiedie Fest.
A trip to Utica to see Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and Fountain Elms
We rented a canoe at Nathaniel Cole Park.

A visit to Hanford Mills and the Lumberjack Show
Hancock Shaker Village.
A trip to Pixley Falls and Delta Lake.
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.

 travel to
Texas Day 1 San Antonio to Pearsall
Texas Day 2 Pearsall to Laredo
Texas Day 3 Laredo to Brownsville
Texas Day 4 South Padre Island

Texas Signs amused us
More signs.

There were  interesting critters in Texas.

Art Museum at Vassar

Mid Atlantic:  
Longwood Gardens
Longwood Fountains
Longwood Flowers
Winterthur Silver
Winterthur Children's Park

Old Stone Fort, Schoharie, NY
Cherry Valley, New York
CMOG  Corning Museum of Glass -

Hot adventures
from other summers:

Chittenango Falls
Fort Stanwix

Some odds and ends:

Norwich's first PumpkinFest
Alpine strawberries are starting to grow from seed
Altoids copycat recipe

Water dog.
Tommy has toys to play with.
Tommy loves chewing shoelaces.
Tommy arrives on Valentine's Day 2010.

Celebrating Christmas 2009.
Yorkshire pudding is fun to watch!
And so are biscuits.
Leslie's new toy has arrived.
Oh, oh, cluck, cluck.

We saw some very unusual clouds - altocumulus undulatus.
The cool of autumn brings a taste for bean soup.
and biscuits.
We pressed apples for cider.

Peri came for a visit.
Frankie came to visit.
Hubbardsville Mall is a destination.
Frankie and Grandpa enjoy a water fight.
New Years Day sundog.
A Balloon Chase is always fun.

Frankie plays LaCrosse.  And we see the second game.
The ballet recital features Peri!
Candy graduates with a BS/RN.

Then there was a new
moth.   (Eight spotted forester)
A hailstorm surprised us in June.
The daffodils are in bloom in April.
In May, it's tulips and bleeding heart. And pinks and purples.
And weeds!!

Tomatoes are ready to start.
And there are beans.
So are onions.

Spring finds us in Maryland and Delaware.
New Castle, Delaware, is a quaint river town.  
may not be published yet.
The flowers were lovely.  

And so were the birds and other animals.
Longwood Gardens has opened it's Children's Indoor Garden with wonderful whimsical fountains.
Oh, my, there are orchids!

Fall trip to Vermont and New Hampshire.

Our trip to Baltimore and Washington.
Baltimore people watching
Baltimore Architecture
Baltimore Orioles game
we're off to Washington, DC
Washington flowers are here
American Indian museum
Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Garden - heirloom tomatoes
     Garden in June
We made Dill Pickles
And we picked blueberries and made blueberry buckle and cobbler.

We love the minimalist (NY Times) no-knead bread.

In July the daylilies are blooming

B-Mets game
A strange vine appeared
    It's carrion flower - or Jacob's ladder.
We went to Meredith Dairy Days
Downy Woodpecker feeds its baby.



Other interests: 

House and Garden


No Knead Bread

daffodil 3
globe thistle
Candy's birthday present


October Snow



We saw some very unusual clouds - altocumulus undulatus.
Oxford House
Tree Disaster
In Autumn    Before/After Exterior

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park  2

kids on the swing

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