9 February 2010, Comments 0

It is now that time of year again and the kids are breaking up for what will be february half term. My son will be off school with his carnival festival and will dress up as a superhero and have lots of fun with his fellow friends.

One thing that should be on every parents agenda during half term is to find some lovely things to do with your kids that don’t cost the earth but are still great fun.

One of my personal favourites is baking and I love cooking up a storm in the kitchen with my eight year old son. However we all hate the mess of the cooker so I have put together a great alternative.

It is my half term mints and they don’t even involve any actual cooking so it is perfect for your little ones. So get reading and plan your time with the kids when you can make these lovely mints.


 1/3 c Soft butter

1/3 c Light corn syrup

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Flavouring

3 1/2 c (1 lb ) sifted confectioner’s sugar

Large bowl

Wooden spoon

Paper plates



This is a no-cook recipe the children can mix with their hands. Flavour it with any of the liquid flavourings in the supermarket, such as strawberry and lemon. If you want, you can instead divide it into three portions and add a few drops of food colouring to tint it yellow, red, and green.

Then knead a small amount of flavouring into each one. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 lbs of candy. Help the children measure all the ingredients into the large bowl. They can take turns stirring it with the wooden spoon until it becomes too stiff. Then they can knead it with their hands.

They should continue kneading until the dough is smooth. Give each child a paper plate and a pencil. Tell them to turn their plates OVER and write their names on the Bottom to prevent pencil lead from getting on their mints. Help them hold their pencils correctly.

Make sure they use upper and lower case letters. Give each child a portion of dough on his or her plate. The children can pinch off pieces, roll them into balls, and press them lightly with a fork

to make a fancy butter mint. Children who cannot roll the candy into balls can make snakes, cut the snakes into pieces, and press the pieces with a fork.

They might eat the pieces with the fork, but that’s ok too. Leave the mints on the plates and refrigerate them for 30 minutes, until they become firm. Easter Mints taste even better the second day, if you can keep everyone from eating them all on the first day. Cover with plastic wrap and keep them in the refrigerator.

"baking with the kids"

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