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Homemade Mints {Altoids Mints Copycat}

An easy recipe for Homemade Mints that tastes just like Altoids! Perfect for Christmas gifts, or wedding or baby shower favors.

A tin of homemade mints with mint sprigs

It all started in high school…my obsession with breath mints and chapstick (related: How to Make Chapstick). I’m not sure what the root cause, was, but I was hooked.  At the time it was Carmex and Starbucks mints.

Starbucks and I had a good relationship for a long time, but then they phased out my beloved mints and replaced them with a tin of mints that cost the same but had 1/10th as many mints. Well played Starbucks, well played.

So, you know what is about to happen, right? I mean I titled this post “Homemade Mints”. Anyone could see it coming.

We’re making Homemade Mints! You nailed it. Genius.

What Ingredients Are In Homemade Breath Mints?

A box of gum paste, powdered sugar, and peppermint for making homemade mints

This homemade mint recipe is rocking:

How Do You Make Breath Mints?

*Detailed and printable recipe available at the bottom of the post.

In a deep bowl, mix the gum paste with the flavoring, and water until it forms a very thick paste. Pro tip: start with a whisk but end with a spoon or else it gets too thick. TWSS.

two photos showing how to make homemade mints

Put parchment paper on a baking sheet, and dust with powdered sugar.

Put the “dough” on the parchment, and dust with a bit more powdered sugar. Press it as thin as you can with the heel of your hand.

Now at this point, you could make little balls, use a tiny mold to make these cute shapes, or even use a fat straw to punch out circles. That is a lot of work, so I recommend dusting a pizza cutter with powdered sugar and cut them into strips and pieces.

It may not win you the “most uptight and anal retentive” trophy at your neighborhood Pinterest awards, but it gets the job done.

photos showing how to press and cut homemade mints

Fill a lidded container with the pieces, and sprinkled a bit more powdered sugar in there. Shake it a few times to make sure that all the pieces are coated enough to not stick to each other.

Spread the pieces back on the baking sheet with the parchment, and let dry at room temperature for at least 3 days. Your house will smell awesome, but please watch out for kiddos and pets. If you are using Xylitol it is especially dangerous for pets.

Place finish mints in a mesh strainer and shake to remove the excess powdered sugar. Transfer to lidded containers and/or cute jars for giving as gifts.

three photos showing the process for how to make homemade mints

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Need to speed up the drying process? Bake the homemade mints at the lowest heat your oven will allow (typically about 170 degrees F) for 2 hours. Allow mints to cool and test to see if they are hard enough to your liking.
  • ^TWSS
  • If you want to make round mints, dip a fat straw into powdered sugar and press it into the dough. You could also roll it into a “snake” and slice it into small pieces.
  • There are some people who use essential oils for cooking. I’m 100% uncomfortable recommending that at all, so stick to flavoring that is intended for cooking.

homemade mints in two containers with a small black strainer

Variations/Flavor Combos

  • You’re already thinking Vanilla Mint, so let’s do this! Combine peppermint with a splash of vanilla extract (related: Homemade Vanilla Extract).
  • Cinnamon would be amazing in homemade mints; spicy and lovely.
  • Combining chocolate with mint would be so good it might make a puppy smack itself.

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A tin of homemade mints with mint sprigs
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Homemade Mints {Altoids Mints Copycat}
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

An easy recipe for a Homemade Mints recipe that tastes just like Altoids! Perfect for Christmas gifts, or wedding or baby shower favors.

Course: DIY
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade breathmints, Homemade mints, How to make breathmints
Servings: 100
Calories: 30 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a deep bowl, mix the gum paste with the flavoring, and water until it forms a very thick paste.

  2. Put parchment paper on a baking sheet, and dust with powdered sugar.

  3. Put the "dough" on the parchment, and dust with a bit more powdered sugar. Press it as thin as you can with the heel of your hand.

  4. Now at this point, you could make little balls, use a tiny mold to make these cute shapes, or even use a fat straw to punch out circles. That is a lot of work, so I recommend dusting a pizza cutter with powdered sugar and cut them into strips and pieces.

  5. Fill a lidded container with the pieces, and sprinkled a bit more powdered sugar in there. Shake it a few times to make sure that all the pieces are coated enough to not stick to each other.

  6. Spread the pieces back on the baking sheet with the parchment, and let dry at room temperature for at least 3 days. Your house will smell awesome, but please watch out for kiddos and pets. If you are using Xylitol it is especially dangerous for pets.

  7. Place finish mints in a mesh strainer and shake to remove the excess powdered sugar. Transfer to lidded containers and/or cute jars for giving as gifts.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Mints {Altoids Mints Copycat}
Amount Per Serving (1 mint)
Calories 30
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 0g 0%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 1.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This recipe was originally published in October 2012. It has been retested and updated with reader feedback. New photos have been added and the recipe has been made printable. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

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23 comments on “Homemade Mints {Altoids Mints Copycat}”

  1. Wow… I love this! Where did you find the mint flavorings? Thanks!

  2. Dude! You are awesome. I have been looking for a natural substitute and recipe for mints like these. Ask, and you shall receive 🙂

    • Well, don’t thank me too soon…the ingredients on the gum paste don’t look so natural. But it’s nothing worse than what I was consuming before!

  3. That is awesome. I think I might make some soon. 🙂

  4. Oh wow, I would’ve never thought of making replacement breathmints! I don’t use them very often, but I sure love their taste. I wonder if I can find the right flavors (I like the very minty/cool flavors that leave your mouth tingly. Yes, I am horrible describing flavors!)

    • It’s a very strong peppermint like an Altoid, but the powdered sugar keeps it from being too spicy.

      The place where I got the oil also had spearmint.

  5. You are so fancy. If the power ever goes out, I’m forming my militia with YOU! We will rule those electricity-desperate suckers!

  6. What a great idea! I have so many altoid tins (I asked everyone to save them for me before we moved for projects) that I could fancy up the tins and give them back to the people I got them from with homemade mints instead! AMAZABALLS!

  7. Some people reviewing the gumpaste at Amazon, noted the odor. Did you notice any odor to the mix as you mixed it, other than the flavor you added?

  8. Are they chewy or crunchy? As a side note, I saw Mint Chocolate Chip Loranns oil 🙂

  9. …just blew my mind!

  10. Are these mints hard or are they the melt-in-your-mouth kind? Either way, pinned it and am totally trying it.

  11. I know this was posted long ago now but I’m still hoping for a response =) I live in Sweden and here gumbase seems very hard to get hold of – however I found a kind of sugarpaste in the grocery store, for decorating cake etc, and this seems kind of similar so I’m going to try making them with 100% cinnamon oil, to make my own Hot Tamales. We don’t have those here either except in special English Shops and those are beyond pricy =) Thanks so much for this recipe, I’ve been wanting to do this for ages!

  12. Alright, I gave it a shot and the consistency was good, I think it will be perfect when they have dried up a bit. However, I used just about 10 drops of 100% cinnamon oil, and it was way too strong. The candies don’t even taste like cinnamon, but just kind of numbs the tongue, so I think I’ll try mixing them up again with more of that sugar paste. I still feel like they need some other flavour though, but unfortunately all it says on the hot tamale packet is “artificial flavours”, so I have no idea which ones they use. Any tips are very welcome 😉 Thanks again for this!

  13. I’m curious for your chocolate flavoring, maybe instead of powdered sugar use cocoa powder?

  14. Hi i was wondering if there was an alternative recipe that doeant use any sugar?… Or could I possibly try using stevia.. As it has no fructose?

  15. Great thanks! You know I went through the same thing with chap stick and breath mints. I was popping 3 or 4 Starbucks after coffee mints. I don’t know why they stopped them. I found this page as I was looking to see if by some chance someone still had some of them around. Guess ill try yours! Thanks again!