Primary school students across Cayman learn about Cayman’s many traditions through the weekly Heritage Arts program.
This recipe for peppermint candy was recently tested out by the students at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay.
You will need:
- A hook or a nail on a wall
- Juice of a lime
- 2 lbs sugar
- Peppermint oil
- Yield: 300 candies
Bring the sugar to boil for 30 minutes in 1/4 cup of water.
Pour the mixture into a second greased pot in a container of cool water.
Add lime juice while stirring with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes until doughy. Vigorously throw the candy dough over the hook and pull. Repeat for 30 minutes, and now and again drip a few drops of peppermint oil on it.
Keep on throwing and pulling until the color of the dough turns from honey-gold to white satin.
Set the dough on a floured surface to prevent sticking.
Pull and stretch out the dough into a rope about an inch thick.
With scissors, cut the dough into 1/2 inch size pieces.
Bag the candies into lots of 10.
Source: Cayman Traditional Arts