homemade peppermint candy buttons


I’m pretty sure that anyone who snacked on candy buttons as a child asked their parents the same question at one point or another. “Are you sure it’s okay that I just ate PAPER!??!” …to which their startled parents would give the same dubious shrug. Naturally, as I ventured off to make them myself at home as a grown-up, I attempted to solve the age-old problem once and for all. How, I asked myself, can I make candy dots without subjecting myself to tons of paper consumption?

The answer, friends, was simple: I could not. But then, the thrill of paper-eating is just as much part of these tiny candies’ allure as is their satisfying, sugary crunch, is it not? And since a little bit of paper never hurt anyone (according to a quick Google search, anyway) I say…the heck with it.

You can watch me make these beauties this Saturday on Food Network’s Snapchat Discover profile (yup, Christmas Eve!) or simply scroll down for the recipe below. Get nostalgic, get sugar-high, and…why not? Get a little paper-high, too. You deserve it.

Peppermint Candy Buttons


What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 3/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Red and green food coloring

    What you’ll do:

  1. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat together egg white, sugar, and peppermint flavor until combined. Add water and beat for 12-14 minutes at high speed until the mixture drips in a ribbon-like texture.
  2. Equally divide your “candy batter” into two bowls. Add several drops of red food coloring to one bowl (you’ll need quite a bit of red to avoid a middle-ground pink) and several drops of green food coloring to the other bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Using a sandwich or piping bag, pipe small dots of the red and green mixtures onto the strips of paper, mimicking the look of old-school candy buttons.
  4. Let set overnight or at least 24 hours. Peel candy off paper and eat.

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