Aunt Caroline's Dixieland Recipes/Candy/Cream Peppermint Drops

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Put a half cup of cold water and two cups of granulated sugar into a clean saucepan and boil slowly, without stirring, until it spins thread from the tip of a spoon dipped into it. Take from the stove, leave it untouched until it is about blood-warm, then stir steadily, always in one direction until the mixture begins to become creamy. Flavor to taste with essence of peppermint, adding this cautiously so as not to get the flavor too strong. Drop by the teaspoonful upon waxed paper, being careful not to put the drops so close together that they will run into each other. A candy dipper is even better for this purpose than a teaspoon.