Candied Mint

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A couple years ago I started a little fresh herb garden in my backyard, and mint is one of the things I produce the most of. My fridge is always stocked with mint, and I’ve found countless ways to use it when I cook. One of my favorite things about mint in particular is that it’s so versatile and easy to use for both savory and sweet dishes. A few weeks ago my sister recommended I try making candied mint, so to Pinterest I went! I found quite a few recipes, all varying slightly in the drying method/time for the leaves, so I just picked the first one I saw and went for it.

Ingredients are super simple. All you need is:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • ½ cup confectioners (superfine) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (optional)

  1. Pick out your largest mint leaves and lay them on a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure none are touching (so they don’t stick together when dry).
  2. Beat or whisk the eggs (and lime juice if you’re using it) until frothy and brush the egg onto both sides the leaves as thinly as possible.
  3. Coat both sides of the leaves with sugar.
  4. Bake at 175 degrees for 15 mins. Remove from oven and let rest overnight to finish drying.

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My finished product was…well, not as pretty as my inspiration pictures. I think baking the leaves caused some of them to discolor and turn brown. They still tasted pretty yummy though, so I’d say it was a half-successful experiment.

There are quite a few other recipes that don’t call for any baking of the leaves, only air-drying, so I think I may give that a try next time.

Have you ever made candied mint? What’s the best recipe out there? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

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