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ISO Candy Recipe: Mint-flavored Caramels

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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
          http://www.candyblog.net/blog/

          "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?
          http://www.candyblog.net/blog/categor...

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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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