i am preparing some candies and want to add some menthol for Cool effect in mouth but while searching on net i found that menthol is very costly so is there any cheap substitute of Menthol which can provide Cooling effect in mouth ?

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There are absolutely no substitutes, neither cheap nor expensive.

First, the cooling effect is due to a very rare coincidence. It so happens that menthol is chemically capable of activating one of the temperature receptors in human skin (also present in the lining of the mouth). There are no other substances which do the same thing, at least not ones known in cooking (and if there happens to be some exotic option, it will certainly be more expensive to get hold of).

Also, even if you could mimic the cooling effect of menthol, you would never find a substitute which also smells of menthol, so people will readily notice the difference.

That being said, I am surprised that you find menthol very expensive. I found that I can get natural mint essential oil (which is about 50% menthol) for 8 Euros for a 40 ml bottle. This should be enough to aromatize about 400 kg of candy. And we are talking about expensive, naturally created stuff sold to hobbyists in a country with high standard of living. It could be possible to find synthetic menthol at cheaper rates somewhere, most likely at a pharmacy. Of course, it could turn out that there is no good supply where you live and the few people who sell it demand too much, but this would surprise me if it is a commonly used ingredient in your culinary tradition.

If you find that pure menthol is for some reason too expensive for your pocket, e.g. because the smallest batch you can buy is more than you will use up in a lifetime, you could just look at products meant for cooks which are basically diluted menthol. This includes mint extracts, mint syrups, mint essential oil, and a lot of other options, varying by region.

  • i am talking abt menthol powder and Crystal(100%menthol) which is costly. Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 10:24
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    I would be surprised at menthol being costly, unless you live in a place with a very distorted market. From a simple search, here in Germany I can get pure menthol powder at 1.80 Euro for 10 grams, which is very cheap compared to other aromatics used in cooking. Now, you might live in a place where 1.80 Euro are a lot of money, but if this is the case, then any other food which is industrially produced and not locally grown will be also too expensive for you, so you are probably limited to minimally processed food anyway, and no concentrated aromas.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 10:28
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    I don't know what you mean by "1 candies". I would say that you can use about 1 gram of menthol per 20 kg of sugar.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 10:35
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    @Akhil Jain Why do you feel you need 100% menthol? Most candy is made with extracts. What is it about mint extract that you feel will not work? Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 11:31
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    Dosing it by the powder or crystal would be tricky unless you had a jewler's scale or an industrial operation. Buy a bottle of peppermint extract or something instead -- you'll only use a few drops for a reasonable sized batch of candy.
    – Batman
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 13:18

There is a known cooling perception effect from solid coconut fat melting, and such is used occassionally in commercial confectionery - but this is a different effect from menthol.

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