Pink peppermint candies are a beautifully delicious old fashioned candy colored pink, made with cream cheese, and flavored with peppermint. They are perfect for any special occasion and celebratory event such as weddings, birthdays, and parties.
The great thing about these candies is that you can choose to flavor them with any flavor extract. They don’t have to be peppermint. And you can make them any color to coordinate with your event theme.
red food coloring gel or paste
Peppermint candy has been a long-time favorite for many generations. Its flavor is soothing to the body and is delicious. It leaves one feeling fresh after the flavor is consumed.
When To Use Pink Peppermint Candies
Pink peppermint candies are perfect for party favors, wedding favors, mixed with nuts, for birthday parties, anniversary parties and for holiday celebrations. The peppermint flavor is perfect for Christmas, but you can also change up the flavor for something lemon flavored for Easter. Use red, white, and blue for summer American holiday festivities. The fun is to be creative and customize them for whatever event you’re planning.
How To Store Pink Peppermint Candies
Pink peppermint candies are best when they’re made ahead. That way they have time to cool and harden.
These little gems can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks. It is safe to go by the expiration date on your cream cheese packaging for the refrigerating longevity.
Pink Peppermint Candies can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.
How Long Do Pink Peppermint Candies Last?
These old-fashioned pink peppermint candies will last as long as the cream cheese lasts. You should take note of the expiration date listed on your cream cheese packaging and go by that.
With that being said, your peppermint candies can potentially last in the refrigerator for a few months. Be sure to store them in an airtight container to maximize freshness. Or you can freeze them for up to 6 months. Be sure to place them in an airtight container for freezer storage too.
For best results, place candies between layers of wax paper or parchment paper to keep them from sticking together in a great big clump.
Tips for Success
1. You can use an electric mixer or mix by hand for this recipe. The dough should be a stiff consistency.
2. Experiment with different colors and flavors. This recipe is so easy to customize.
3. Make the pink peppermint candies several days ahead so that they’ll be dried and firm by the time you’re ready to serve them.
4. It’s best to use food coloring paste or gel for this recipe. Adding liquid food coloring can create too much liquid in the substance.
5. You can freeze these delicious old fashioned pink peppermint candies in an airtight container, with wax paper or parchment paper between the layers for up to 6 months.
How to Make Delicious Old Fashioned Pink Peppermint Candies
Below is our recipe for pink peppermint candies. These sweet little things can be made in a matter of a few minutes. And they’re so adorable. Give them a try and see what you think.
8 oz softened cream cheese
2 tbsp butter softened
1 tsp peppermint extract
5 cups powdered sugar
red food coloring gel or paste
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, butter and peppermint extract until smooth.
2. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix slowly.
3. Dye to preference. Divide mixture if desired for different color options.
4. Using a piping bag or food storage bag with the corner cut, pipe contents onto a parchment covered backing sheet. Or roll them into balls.
5. Store in the refrigerator and allow to dry for 24 hours until firm.
This information is provided as an estimate and is not a guarantee.
Calories: 92kcal (5%), Carbohydrates: 17g (6%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 3g (5%), Saturated Fat: 2g (10%), Cholesterol: 9mg (3%), Sodium: 26mg (1%), Potassium: 9mg, Sugar: 17g (19%)Vitamin A: 104IU (2%), Calcium: 6mg (1%), Iron: 1mg (6%)
If you love pink peppermint, you might also like to make pink peppermint fudge, pink peppermint cookies, or pink ice. We’ve included brief recipes for each one of these below.
Pink Peppermint Fudge
For a beautiful pink fudge that includes crunchy peppermint candies, use 3 cups white baking chips, ¼ cup butter, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, ½ tsp peppermint extract, 2-3 drops red food coloring, ½ cup finely chopped hard peppermint candies.
About Making Pink Peppermint Fudge
Melt baking chips completely in a double boiler saucepan over medium low heat. Add butter and stir until melted. Combine sweetened condensed milk, peppermint extract, food coloring and peppermint candies. Stir until well combined. Pour into a parchment paper lined pan. Let cool. Cut and serve.
How Long To Cool Fudge
The fudge should cool until it is set up. You can place it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to speed up the process. Or use the freezer if you’re in a hurry. But don’t leave it in the freezer for too long or it will be very hard to cut.
How To Use the Microwave to Make Fudge
Pink Peppermint Fudge is easy to make in the microwave. Just microwave a little bit at a time to keep it from burning and stir it well. I typically use 20 second intervals for microwaving chocolate.
Pink Peppermint Cookies Recipe
Pink peppermint cookies are a sugar type cookie that includes a beautiful pink peppermint frosting. Here’s the recipe.
For the cookies use: ½ cup powdered sugar, 1 cup butter softened, 1 ¼ cups flour, ½ tsp peppermint extract, ½ cup cornstarch. Bake at 350F degrees for 12 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
For the glaze frosting use: 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, 2 tbsp butter melted, ¼ tsp peppermint extract, 2 tbsp milk, 2 drops red food coloring, 4 candy canes crushed.
Pink Ice Candy
Pink Ice Candy is a made from melted white chocolate flavored with peppermint and colored pink. It’s spread on a baking sheet to cool and then broken into odd sized pieces. Here’s how to make it.
You’ll need 10 oz white chocolate chips, 2 tbsp crushed peppermint candy, ¼ tsp peppermint extract, 2 drops red food coloring.
Microwave the chocolate using 20 second intervals and stirring until smooth 30. Spread onto waxed paper to completely cool. Break into bite sized pieces for serving.
Pink Peppermint Pie
This wonderful pink pie is a marshmallow pie, flavored with peppermint. Here’s how to make it.
You’ll need a 9 inch Oreo cookie pie crust, 24 large marshmallows, ½ cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla, dash of salt, 1 tsp peppermint extract, 1 cup whipping cream, pink food coloring, crushed peppermint candies.
Cook the marshmallows with milk until the marshmallows are completely melted. Remove from heat. Add vanilla, salt, peppermint extract and food coloring. Allow to cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes. In the meantime, beat whipping cream until soft peaks begin to form. Fold in marshmallow mixture and spread into prepared crust. Refrigerate for 6 hours. Crust hard peppermint candies and sprinkle over the top. Serve and enjoy.
Fannie Mae Pink Peppermint Candy Recipe
Fannie Mae Pink Peppermint Candy recipe turns out to be a lot like peppermint bark. To make this, melt chocolate pieces spread on a parchment lined baking sheet. Melt white chocolate, add pink food coloring and spread on top of the brown chocolate. Sprinkle with tiny bits of chopped hard peppermint candies. Cool until hardened. Bread into bite sized pieces and enjoy.
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Canada Mints Pink Wintergreen
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Pink Wintergreen Rito Mints
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Pink Peppermint Stick
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