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ISO Candy Recipe: Mint-flavored Caramels

TerriL Apr 3, 2010 11:19 AM

I have had these in the UK, but never found them in the US, and am ready to try my hand at making them myself. The store-bought ones were butter and cream-based caramel, and came individually-wrapped in a tube, similar to 'Lifesavers'. The texture was chewy and hard, but not brittle.

Any ideas for replicating? Should I just use a caramel recipe I like and add a few drops of peppermint oil? If so, any suggestions? TIA

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  1. bushwickgirl RE: TerriL Apr 3, 2010 12:03 PM

    "Should I just use a caramel recipe I like and add a few drops of peppermint oil"

    Exactly what I would do if I was to make these. I don't seem to remember them from my time in the UK, where I ate quite a lot of candy. What's the brand name?

    Chewy and hard caramel is cooked to 245*-250* soft ball stage, and since these caramels are hard, I'd take the temp to 250*.

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      TerriL RE: bushwickgirl Apr 3, 2010 01:11 PM

      Wish I remembered the name. I think it was a white wrapper with black and green writing, and might have had a lion on it.

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        bushwickgirl RE: TerriL Apr 3, 2010 10:59 PM

        Sounds a little familiar but it been some time since I've been there and the memories are fading, <sigh.>
        Anyway, try the peppermint oil but be judicious with it, as you may know, less is more with that stuff.

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      tonka11_99 RE: TerriL Apr 3, 2010 11:17 PM

      so what does ISO mean?

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        bushwickgirl RE: tonka11_99 Apr 3, 2010 11:25 PM

        In search of.

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        TerriL RE: TerriL Dec 16, 2010 05:01 PM

        Just thought I'd ask again if anyone had a recipe for mint-flavored caramels, as I still haven't found what I'm looking for. Thanks!

        1. blue room RE: TerriL Dec 16, 2010 06:21 PM

          This blog may be able to help you

          "Meticulously photographed and documented reviews of candy from around the world. And the occasional other sweet adventures. Open your mouth, expand your mind."

          Could it have been this?

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            TerriL RE: blue room Dec 17, 2010 03:09 PM

            I think this is it! Unfortunately it seems the mint toffees aren't sold on their own, only in a mixed bag that is usually weighted more heavily toward the plainer mints. Thanks so much more sharing this, it's a great resource.

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              blue room RE: TerriL Dec 18, 2010 06:38 AM


              I looked up the difference between toffee and caramel--
              toffee is usually butter & sugar, caramel is milk/cream and sugar--sometimes butter too. That could be useful if you try to make it at home.

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