Fun With Food Sunday – Polar Bear Peppermint Creams

With the holidays right around the corner, why not celebrate with these festive Polar Bear Peppermint Creams? They’re simple to make (only a few ingredients) and delicious to snack on.

Check out the recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food.

What You Need

  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 15 blue, or green jelly beans or M&M’s
  • Peppermint extract
  • 1 sieve
  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowl

Directions

Step #1 – Put the icing sugar through a sieve to remove all the lumps.

Step #2 – Beat the egg white and add a little at a time to the icing sugar.

Note: Stop adding the egg white when the mixture becomes like Play Doh.

Step #3 – Add 3 drops of the peppermint extract. Mix well and taste – you may have to add a couple more drops depending on your preference.

Step #4 – Divide the dough in half. Roll into 15 balls about the size of cherry tomatoes. polar-bears-image-5

Step #5 – Flatten balls with your hand to resemble the bear’s head.

Step #6 – Place the “heads” on the parchment paper

Step #7 – Use half the remaining dough to make blueberry-size balls for snouts. Flatten these slightly and place on head.

Step #8 – Add a jelly bean to each snout for the nose.

Step #9 – Use the rest of the dough to make the ears by shaping them into tiny balls. Press gently onto the top of the heads with your fingertips.

Step #10 – Use a toothpick to shape the eyes.

Step #11 – Leave your peppermint polar bears to dry on the parchment paper for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

Store in airtight container for up to one month.

Fun With Food Facts – Peppermint

Did you know?

  • Peppermint can be found growing wild in moist areas throughout Europe andImage_1_2be5a982-6fcb-4b19-b07e-7cc634239e1a North America.
  • February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day.
  • December 3rd is National Peppermint Latte Day.
  • Peppermint oil is produced by specialized cells on the underside of the leaves.
  • The best time to harvest and collect the oil is on a sunny day as flowering is just beginning. This is when menthol is at its peak.
  • Peppermint plants grow to be 18 – 36 inches tall and about 24 inches wide.
  • Peppermint is the number one selling flavor among non-chocolate, hard candies.
  • Ancient Greeks believed mint could cure hiccups
  • The US produces 70% of the Worlds peppermint supply.

Let us know what you think about this “cool” recipe by leaving us your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

 

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