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How To Make Fresh Mint Candy- Just 3 Ingredients!

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How To Make Fresh Mint Candy- Just 3 Ingredients!

Recently I gifted a friend a mint plant and she turned me on this crazy simple recipe that taste amazing.
With just 3 ingredients and a handful of mint you can make Fresh Mint Candy.

Do you have an abundance of mint and don’t know what to do with it? Look no further, I have the answer you’ve been waiting for!

Is Mint Candy Healthy?

Candy in general is not healthy on any level. High amounts of sugar, artificial ingredients, and dyes, make render candy the opposite of healthy.

However, our fresh mint candy recipe uses fresh mint, no artificial ingredients, and you can make it without sugar!

What Are The Benefits of Mint Candy?

Mint, and peppermint, has been found to offer soothing effects for gastrointestinal issues and upset stomach. As well as lessing cramps and aiding in reducing nausea.

In addition to easing stomach issues, mint also helps to reduce bad breath.

Which makes it an idea after dinner treat!

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What are the different types of mint candy?

I am a huge mint fan, hubby on the other token says, and I quote, “if mint ice cream was the only flavor left on the planet, I would never eat ice cream again!”

Those are some pretty harsh words! I, on the other hand, reply ‘more for me!’

Are you a mint fan too? How many different mint candies can you think of?

  • Andes Chocolate Mints
  • After Dinner Mints
  • Breath Mints
  • Bulk Mints
  • Butter Mints
  • Candy Canes
  • Holiday Ribbon Mints
  • Junior Mints
  • Mentos
  • Mint Gum
  • Mint Taffy
  • Pillow Mints
  • Pinwheel Candy Mints
  • Starlight Mints
  • Stick Mints
  • York Peppermint Patties

Is Peppermint Candy Made from Mint Leaves?

While some commercially made mint candies will contain derivatives from mint, such as peppermint oil, wintergreen, or spearmint, most have artificial flavoring.

However, our mint candy recipe uses fresh mint and only has two other ingredients.

The Best Mint To Use for Fresh Mint Candy

There are over 2000 species of mint, but for this recipe you want to use one of the following:

  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Kentucky Colonel Mint
  • Pineapple Mint
  • Apple Mint
  • Chocolate Mint

This recipe makes a great treat for kids, for parties, as a garnish or just about any time you want a sweet refreshing snack.

Fresh Mint Candy

I know you’ll love this crazy simple recipe and want to make it over and over again. Make sure to print or save it to add it to your recipe box.


  • 1/2 Cup of Fresh Mint Leaves- washed and patted dry
  • 1/4 Cup of Fine Sugar- you can use a sugar substitute such as Stevia. Use sugar substitutes sparingly as they tend to be sweeter tasting than cane sugar.
    Tip: I only had granulated sugar so I put the sugar in my blender until it became a fine powder
  • 1 Egg White
    *You can substitute 2 Tbsp. of Corn Syrup if you do not want to use eggs  
  • 2 teaspoons of water


  1. Mix egg white ( or corn syrup) and water together until fully blended.
  2. Brush egg mixture on mint leaves using a basting brush.
  3. Sprinkle sugar over fresh mint leaves to cover completely.
  4. Place Sugar Coated Mint Leaves on cookie sheet or on tray in food dehydrator.
  5. Place in oven on lowest setting until crisp.
  6. I used my Food Dehydrator on 115° for 2 hours
  7. Remove your Fresh Mint Candy, let cool and store in airtight container.

How Long Does Mint Candy Last?

Your Fresh Mint Candy will last a long time if humidity does not get to it.

You can
We eat ours up before it ever has the chance to get soggy.

Mint Candy Tip:

I like using smaller fresh mint leaves instead of the bigger ones.

The bigger leaves are sometimes hard to swallow if you chew them for a while.

The small mint leaves just seem to melt in your mouth, leaving a fresh feeling.

Do You Want To Know More About Mint?

Let’s face it, if you’re growing mint, chances are you have a LOT of mint. Thankfully, there are many, many, uses for mint. I’ve listed some of my favorite below that I know you’ll enjoy.

Other Amazing Ways You Can Use Mint

In addition to all the wonderful ways you can use fresh mint mentioned above, I have some other articles that include mint.

How To Make Fresh Mint Candy with just 3 ingredients!

A big shout out to my friend Michele P for her recipe!

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Thursday 22nd of June 2023

I'm wondering if this could be done in a freeze dryer?

Amber Bradshaw

Saturday 24th of June 2023

I would LOVE to have a freeze dryer! Im sure this could be done and boy it would be yummy. Those people freeze dry everything! Please let me know if you try it and your results!


Friday 16th of June 2023

If I don't have a dehydrator can I use the oven and what temp and about how long?

Amber Bradshaw

Saturday 24th of June 2023

Absolutely, I no longer use a dehydrator either. Use your lowest setting and until they are crisp. Every oven is different so its hard to tell what your time would be. I would check every 30 mins until dry.


Monday 5th of June 2023

Can you show photos of the process. Before and after dehydrating specifically? Thanks

Amber Bradshaw

Sunday 11th of June 2023

Sure- let me make some this week and I'll update the post! Thanks for inquiring.


Thursday 1st of December 2022

Can XYLITOL or MONK FRUIT be used in this recipe instead of sugar?

Amber Bradshaw

Monday 26th of December 2022

Yes, but you would use a lot less of it. Look online for the conversion rate of the preferred sweetener. I know I use powdered stevia and it calls for a lot less than the sugar.


Monday 24th of October 2022

Nice Candy recipe!

I love mint, but haven't found much evidence to use it for more than enjoyment, except perhaps - maybe - in one area. First, though, a warning: It isn't good for anyone with upper gastrointestinal problems or symptoms, and actually makes it worse.

In GERD, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder, heartburn, or other upper GI symptoms, mint can cause the esophageal sphincter to relax, causing worsening symptoms, rather than doing any good.

In lower GI symptoms, such as IBS, it can relieve symptoms caused by eating peppers or other spicy food.

So if there is pain in the upper GI, stay away from mint, as it could result in stomach acid pouring up into the esophagus. If, however, the pain is in the lower gut, like indigestion or bloating or other IBS symptoms, mint might help relieve some of that, and for moderate symptoms may help the appropriate meds work.