My Grandmother’s Super Simple Peppermint Walnuts Recipe

Listening to Sunday’s podcast with Lisa and John and learning about Lisa’s nut company, The Nutty Redhead, and passion for all things Victorian, I thought she would want to know about this authentic Victorian recipe. My Mimi always served Peppermint Walnuts at Christmastime because she had in turn learned if from her mother, my great grandmother! My Mom made minted walnuts, too, and every holiday season I make several batches for friends and family. Nutty snacks are especially great during the holiday season when you want something sweet but don’t want to load up on the butter and white flour. Best wishes to The Nutty Redhead and her growing business!

Peppermint Walnuts - ©Kim Smith 2013 copy

Ingredients

4 Cups sugar

2 Cups water

4 Tbs. corn syrup

pinch of salt

32 marshmallows (regular size, not minis)

2 tsp. pure peppermint extract

16 Cups walnuts

In a large pot cook first four ingredients until very soft ball stage, 230 degrees. Add marshmallows and stir until melted Add peppermint oil. Add walnuts and stir until nuts are thoroughly coated with frosting. Turn out onto parchment paper and spread evenly about 1 -2 inches thick. When thoroughly dry, about 4-6 hours, break any large clumps into smaller pieces and store in airtight containers. Makes approximately 16 cups.

Note ~ The recipe can easily be halved or quartered. Add fewer nuts proportionately for a sweeter batch. We save Bon Maman jam jars throughout the year as they make  the perfect gift-sized container.

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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7 Responses to My Grandmother’s Super Simple Peppermint Walnuts Recipe

  1. Patricia Papows says:

    Kim-are they full size marshmallows-not the mini ones ?

  2. Bill Langer says:

    The recipe looks delicious, but I really want to compliment the photograph — it’s beautiful.

  3. Patricia Papows says:

    Kim-one more question-peppermint oil or extract? Are they interchangeable? Merry Christmas!!

    • Kim Smith says:

      Hi Patty Responding from curtain installation and iPhone please forgive typos. McCormick Pure peppermint extract in the baking department at Stop an Shop is where I purchase ours. Recipe very old, before minis and extract. Let us know how it turns out. Hope your family enjoys as much as does mine!

  4. Dave Moore says:

    Very timely for this time of year! This is the time of year where this would come in handy for sure and clear senses some above the lip and good for what goes down the hatch…You can also soothe your sore throat and ease cold symptoms with this delicious homemade tea. Here’s how it works: The peppermint, ginger tea or just mints. I am finally getting through my 100 something emails and snow…could say we got snowed in on both, Guess I messed up on the rain dance! :-)

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