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How to make sugar mice

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If there's something that's guaranteed to grab a child's attention, it's the promise of sweets. But rather than sending them out to the paper shop, why not help them to make their own sugar mice. It's an activity and a treat rolled into one. Here's what to do:
What you'll need: 
One egg (yolk removed)
Icing sugar (115g)
Peppermint essence
Pink food colouring
Licorice string
Peanuts (if appropriate)
Wooden spoon & bowl
Using a whisk, beat the egg white until it goes frothy.
Sift in the sugar and, using a wooden spoon, mix the ingredients to form a stiff mixture.
Knead in a few drops of peppermint essence.
Knead in a few drops of food colouring.
Break the mixture into eight pieces and shape them into an elongated oval. Pinch the snout to complete your mouse.
Now for the detail: add currants for eyes, a licorice string for the tail and half a peanut for each ear.
Enjoy your creations - and don't forget to leave some for the children!
Some people have severe allergic reaction to peanuts. If in doubt use a substitute (e.g. chocolate buttons)


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