Our peppermint extract is made from the finest mint oils. Peppermint has a distinctive minty flavor and aroma. Whereas spearmint has a clear, pungent, mild aroma, and is used in salads, meat and vegetable dishes, peppermint has a "warmer" mint flavor and is widely used in making candies, desserts and chocolate sauces. Peppermint is the oldest and most popular flavor for mint confectionery.
Indigenous to Europe, peppermint grows "like a weed" throughout many parts of the world. Peppermint and its extract have been used traditionally to aid digestion, and to relieve abdominal cramps and nausea. Recent scientific studies have shown that peppermint's aroma enhances memory among test-taking students.
Peppermint extract is used in holiday cooking: ice cream, candy, cookies, cakes, baked goods. Peppermint is especially bracing when paired with chocolate [the darker, the better!]. Our peppermint extract is strong, so use just a little to flavor a whole batch of frosting or candy.
Try a drop of peppermint extract to flavor teas, or to enhance fruit salads. For something completely different, peppermint makes a surprisingly good accompaniment to savory dishes such as lamb, pork or poultry.
Extracts, whether vanilla, lemon, almond or another flavor, are made by mixing a concentrated flavor with alcohol. The alcohol burns off during cooking or baking, leaving behind only the desired flavor in your cooking.