My attention was recently directed to a batch of recipes listed on Altoids’ website. My fellow crafters are looking for ways to quickly use up Altoids so that they can use the nifty little tins for craft projects.
What can you do with Altoid tins? Check out these extremely cool projects:
- Make external battery packs for your iPod.
- Heck, you can even make speakers for your iPod with your empty Altoid tins, and playing cards.
- Make pinhole cameras.
- And of course you can make little relics and art pieces.
A guilty memory resurfaced while contemplating the use of Altoids in recipes. I admit, shamefully that I don’t always have fresh ginger in my kitchen. In a moment of stir-fry desperation (I know… I know, not even a dessert recipe) I used crushed ginger Altoids in place of fresh or even dry ginger. I think it worked rather well and my Folgers Challenge was never discovered.
Altoids.com lists several cute ideas to add crushed Altoids to food:
- Making chocolate bark with the addition of peppermint or cinnamon Altoids.
- Using crushed Sours and Altoids to rim drink glasses and flavor all sorts of drinks from hot apple cider to martinis and mojitos.
- Adding ginger Altoids to the sugar coating mixture for making glazed nuts.
- Flavoring chocolate truffles.
- Dusting cake frosting with the crushed candies.
- Stiring the crushed candies into whipped cream and ice cream.
Finding more recipes utilizing altoids has been surprisingly slow going. There is a worried mention about the emergence of a new class of “discomfort food,” whose leading example uses Altoids.
There are signs of an emerging trend that The Wall Street Journal calls the ugly trend: articles of clothing that deliberately clash, hairy faux-fur chairs. In cuisine, we’re seeing the emergence of “discomfort food,” such as sea urchins sprinkled with crushed Altoids.
Using Altoids and Sours as recipe additives is a cute flavor gimmick worthy of a Kraft Recipe, (which isn’t all that surprising given that Kraft owns Altoids), but I think I’ll still take the good ole’ original flavorings over Altoid pucks anyday.