Breathe Mints

These mints are made with water, xylitol, mint extract and pomegranate juice (to make ’em pink). Xylitol is a sweetner found in the fiber of many fruits and vegetables that fights tooth decay. Much of commercial xylitol is derived from corn, but there are some companies that produce it from birch.

If you don’t feel like making your own, you can purchase these Dr. John’s xylitol pops, but they do have artificial flavoring, petroleum-derived coloring, titanium dioxide… Let us know if you find commercially available xylitol pops or mints without these ??? ingredients.

1/2 cup of xylitol (you can buy at your local health food store, Whole Foods or online)
fun silicon mold with small shapes or wax paper
candy thermometer (optional)
1/4 cup of water
5-10 drops of extract, like mint or anise (optional)
5-10 drops of pomegranate juice (optional, for shimmery pink coloring)

Bring water to a boil and stir in xylitol.
Boil for approx. 12 minutes or until “hard crack” stage on a candy thermometer.
Remove from heat and add several drops of peppermint extract (or approximately 1/8 to 1/4 tbs).
Pour into mold or drip into clusters on wax paper.
Allow a couple hours to dry. Once hardens (will turn white and crunchy), peel from paper and place in a tin for future use!

Recipe inspired by momsfrugal. Thank you!

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