Lean in to the cold
EC: Peppermint Sugar Will Make You Feel Better About the Looming Darkness of Winter
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What’s better than peppermint sugar mixed into a steamy cup of hot cocoa? Probably nothing, but if you ever find out, let us know. This easy DIY food gift can be thrown together in less than five minutes. To make peppermint-flavored sugar, start with a 2-to-1 ratio of peppermint to granulated sugar. Feel free to adjust the measurements depending on how sweet you want the final product to be. If you crave more sweetness, simply add more sugar. We crushed the candy canes by sealing them in a plastic bag and smashing them with a pot. If you want the mint shards to have a finer crush, toss them into a food processor and pulse until it turns to dust. Pack the peppermint sugar into a mini mason jar and tie a tag around the rim of the glass with twine, just like you did with your bacon salt. You can also include a recipe that calls for peppermint sugar, whether it be a cookie or coffee.