I’m so excited that the holidays are here. It’s when I love to host parties and getting ready for them is half the fun. Every year, I make cinnamon and peppermint flavored toothpicks and of course, I offer non-flavored ones as well because not everyone has a tolerance for strong flavors.
Let me tell you a story about cinnamon oil before I get started because it’s important to keep in mind when making anything with cinnamon oil. I have used cinnamon oil in my potpourri crocks since the beginning of time. My adulthood. I love the smell of cinnamon oil to the point that once I get a whiff of it, my entire mood can change. I can be achy and dragging but once I plug in my potpourri crocks and add some cinnamon oil, the stress seems to melt away. So, when my kids were small, I used it frequently. It gave me the umph I needed to clean the house after a busy week of work, school, after-school activities, PTA meetings, and just pure exhaustion.
During one such time, my daughter touched the cinnamon oil in the crock pot and sucked on her finger to taste it. We’re talking about my youngest daughter who was and still is the most adventurous of my 3 kids. Immediately, she broke out in welts and started screaming. I came in the room, not knowing what had happened and I only figure it out after she kept pointing to my potpourri crock. I loaded the kids up, crying my ever loving eyes out, thinking I had killed my child with a product I thought was safe, and rushed to the hospital which thankfully was a hop and a skip away. That was a scary way to learn just how strong cinnamon oil can be. If you use cinnamon oil to make your holiday toothpicks, keep this in mind. Don’t touch the oil and be careful of what it touches in your home as well.
Now to take you way back. As a child, I rode the bus as most kids did in my area. There was a girl that rode my bus who always had cinnamon toothpicks she would make and hand out to everyone. I gnawed on those sticks until there was nothing left of the flavor. They were divine. She was the most popular girl on our bus because of those toothpicks. It wasn’t until I became an adult and started using cinnamon oil in my potpourri crocks that the memories of her toothpicks came back to me. Since then, I’ve been making them every year and adding on different flavors as well. Two of the most popular flavors around my home and circle of family and friends are cinnamon and peppermint.
Making the flavored toothpicks is so easy to do and they are every bit as good as I remember them from a child. I wanted to share these instructions so my family will have them long after I’m gone from this world so here goes…
Scratch & Sniff.
Use a clean dry jar or glass bowl with a lid to make them in. I use little jars because they fit in them perfectly. I use enough oil to cover the toothpicks with and I shake them to death until each toothpick is saturated. I then pour off any extra oil because I don’t want them to be so strong anyone can use them. After attaching my lid, I store them in an airtight jar overnight. 24 hours is all it takes. I then lay them out to dry on paper towels for the next 24 hours. After that, they’re ready to use. This is a simple yet nice touch to end a great holiday meal spent with friends and loved ones.
You can make your own cinnamon oil using a number of different cinnamon oil recipes online or you can purchase it from Amazon. Follow are links to both the cinnamon oil and peppermint oil that I purchase.