It was a sweet day for students at Bodden Town Primary School recently, thanks to a visit from confection maker Rose Myles. She came to teach the youngsters how to pull peppermint candy.
Throughout the morning on Tuesday, Year 6 students joined Ms. Myles in making about 600 peppermints, which were quickly gobbled up by students and teachers alike, just as soon as they were finished.
Ms. Myles, who has been making peppermint candies for 28 years, enjoys sharing her know-how with the younger generations about the old ways of making local sweets so that the tradition is kept alive. She passes on skills and techniques she learned from her mother Lorna Rementa and her aunt Laline.
“I started [making peppermints] before my mother died, and after she died I just took it over because I wasn’t doing anything at the time,” she said.
“But it’s getting to me now, the sugar is hot and just penetrates the body and I don’t sleep good at night,” said Ms. Myles, now 62.
“But I like going to the schools to teach the children how to make it, despite the heat, and they enjoy it,” she added. “[Though], the young people said they are afraid of the hot sugar.”
At the school, the children tried their hand at pulling the pliable, hot, sticky sugar, slung over a nail fastened to a piece of wood, until it turned white. Once that happened, it was stretched and rolled out on a floured table, then cut into pieces with scissors.
During Ms. Myles’s visit, students recorded the candy process along with the recipe in their heritage workbooks, some saying they were excited to get home to try making peppermints with their families.
Rose Myles’s peppermint recipe ingredients:
- 8 oz water
- 5 lbs sugar
- A few drops of fresh lime juice
- 3 drops of peppermint oil.
Candies are either consumed straight away, or bagged for sale.