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
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.
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 and 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.
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