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DIY Altoids! How to Make Your Own Miniature Mints in Any Flavor You Want

It's always handy to have a pack of mints with you, especially right after a cup of coffee or a particularly garlicky lunch. Whether you're going on a date, to the dentist, or to an interview, bad breath is no good.

If you're a fan of "curiously strong mints," all you need is a few basic ingredients, some empty tins and a straw to make your own Altoids at home. And, as Jill over on One Good Thing points out, you can make them in any flavor you want, not just mint.

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Here's what she used in her recipe:

  • 1 pkg of gum paste (you can also make your own, recipe below)
  • Essential or flavored oils
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Citric acid (if you're making any sour flavors)
  • Plastic straw
  • Powdered sugar (just enough to dust so they won't stick together)

All you have to do is knead a few drops of oil and food coloring into the gum paste, roll it out like dough, and use the straw like a cookie cutter to cut out the mints.

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Then, once you finish, dust them with a little powdered sugar and let them dry for a couple of days. You can make as many different colors and flavors as you want, and there's no shortage of choices in oils.

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As a commenter pointed out, you can also make your own gum paste using powdered sugar, unflavored gelatin, lemon juice, water, and glucose. Just boil the gelatin and lemon juice in water, add the glucose, then mix with the powdered sugar in an electric mixer or by hand. Let the mixture sit in a plastic bag overnight and it's ready to use.

Check out Jill's blog for the full recipe and instructions, and be sure to peruse the comments for other helpful tips and the recipe for the gum paste.

I guess we can add this to the list of many things you can do with empty Altoids tins...

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