Four-Ingredient Homemade Breath Mint Recipe From The Burlap Bag.

Homemade Breath Mints from The Burlap Bag.I think I figured out why Altoids come in a tin. If they didn’t, consumers would be pretty upset about spending $2.00 for less than 2 ounces of product. Thank goodness for The Burlap Bag’s latest DIY homemade breath mint recipe. With permission from The Burlap Bag, here’s how you can make your own breath mints and avoid (or reuse) the tin.

Homemade breath mints - ingredients.

  • 1 cup powdered gum paste mix
  • Some pepperment extract/flavor (don’t you love my exact measurements? add it until you like the taste.)
  • Powdered xylitol (or powdered sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon-ish water
Step 1, 2 & 3: Pour 1 tablespoon of water into 1 cup of powdered gum paste and mix it up. (word to the wise, please do this in a bowl and do not attempt to mix it on a piece of wax paper.)

Mix it/knead it until it’s all one solid mass of “dough”. If it’s too dry, add a little water. Too wet, add more gum paste mix. Common sense here, people.

Add in some peppermint extract! Add a teaspoon and see how you like the taste. Not strong enough for your taste? Add another teaspoon. And another. And another. Maybe you’re hoping for curiously strong… just go ahead and be crazy and add the whole bottle. (just kidding, that might be crazy. but now i’m curious…)

Mix and knead homemade mints.
Knead and add mint.
Step 4: Flatten it like a pancake on a surface of powdered xylitol/powdered sugar on wax paper. You could use a rolling pin but those things are my worst enemy! I always get everything all stuck to the roller. So I just flattened it with my hands. Make it the thickness of a normal breath mint…. maybe 1/4 of an inch?

Flatten homemade mints.
Step 5: Here’s the fun part! Cut out your little breath mints. You could literally just cut them into squares. Or use a big bubble tea straw as a cookie cutter and get PERFECT sized breath mints. Pull up the left over dough and roll it out again and keep going until all your dough is done.

Cutting out homemade mints.
Step 6: Lightly toss them in the leftover xylitol/powdered sugar that’s on your wax paper. This helps them not stick together.

Lightly toss your freshly cut homemade mints.
Step 7: Let them dry out for a couple of hours. They are pretty much ready to eat – but if you want them to get a bit harder, just leave them out. Then ENJOY ENJOY!

Homemade mints.

Founded by Lauren and Josiah, The Burlap Bag store and website is everything that is right about consuming less. They’re not out there pounding the eco-green friendly drum; they’re just helping people discover ways to consume less and do so in a self-deprecating, non-elitist tone. We need more places like The Burlap Bag. (Thanks Lauren!)