I started out this week with a post titled 10 Foods Worth Doing Homemade which talked a little bit about whether it’s worth it or not to make certain foods from scratch. So it was rather interesting timing that in this same week I came across a recipe for homemade Altoids. Homemade Altoids ?? Are they serious?? Is there any way that cutting out little teeny tiny mints could be worth it?
In case you’re not familiar with Altoids, they are the “curiously strong” mints sold in the cute little tins. Altoids are my favorite mint, and I am never without those things in my purse. That’s why I could not help myself. I had to check out the recipe for homemade Altoids.
The three main ingredients of this recipe are gum paste, confectioners sugar, and mint flavored oil. The complete recipe is at the Instructables website. Here’s a link for you:
= = = = = >>>> Homemade Altoids Recipe
You knead the gum paste with the powdered sugar, flavor it with the mint oil (or other flavor of your choice), then roll it out. You then cut them out into little circles. The recipe says to use a bubble tea straw for the cutting part, whatever that is. Never heard of such of thing, have you?
Well I was curious enough that I was going to give this a try. I made a trip to Michaels Craft Store to look for the gum paste. I was able to find it in their cake decorating section, but was quite surprised at it’s high price of $9.99 for a tiny one pound bag! That was the deal breaker for me. And on top of that I did not see any mint flavor oil either.
I happened to have a brand new package of Altoids in my purse that I bought for 99 cents. It contains 78 mints. (Yes, I actually counted them just now . . ).
So I guess I’m going with my first reaction. It’s really not worth it to make your own Altoids. Maybe if you’re into cake decorating and had some gum paste laying around that you didn’t know how to use up, well then you might be a likely candidate to give these a try.
For the rest of us, however, I think we’d be making better use of our time and money to just watch for a good sale.