We made buttermints from scratch today using the recipe here.
I got the idea for this from Mariko who showed some she made on instagram. She's usually behind my craziest food making urges— items that are totally silly, and fun to make. I was going to use the recipe I found at Land O' Lakes, but used the one I linked to instead, which ended up being the one from the book Mariko used, I believe. These are not mint flavored, but flavored with orange and vanilla. The orange extract I got at New Seasons, it's all natural, which is great. The vanilla extract I make and have a lot of it so I use it in everything. These taste exactly like the frosting on the orange hostess cupcakes that I love, minus the creep chemical aftertaste.
These are a light yelow. I think more of an orange color would be better. I realize they look a lot like gnocchi, but I assure you, they are candy. That white stuff is powdered sugar. That's my 5 year old with the knife. They are so pleasing to make. It's like playdough, only softer and you can flavor and dye it any color. Endless possibilities! It's really just a buttercream frosting with a lot of powdered sugar. So simple. And so not needed in our house. I pop a few of these and chase it with mini-pretzels and a slug of coffee.