Mint? How Cool is THAT???!!!!

We already know how to use mint to keep cool externally (obviously, jane’s short & sweet Peppermint Sugar Scrub, right?). But just recently, I made an after dinner mint for a party that was a great way to end the meal and cooled us off internally, at least for the 30 seconds it took to finish and swallow!

These ‘rough hewn’ peppermint patties were easy to make and they didn’t consume a large chunk of time to create. Hope there’ll be a fun occasion this summer to prompt you to try them yourself. Of course, the fact that it’s a bazillion degrees outside might be enough of an impetus! Have fun! Contact me with any questions or comments.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

2 C confectioners’ sugar

¼ t kosher salt

1 T light corn syrup

1 T vegetable oil

1 T Peppermint oil or extract

1 T water, or more

1 ½ C high quality dark chocolate

 Combine the sugar, salt, corn syrup, vegetable oil, and peppermint in a large bowl. Mix at medium speed with a hand mixer. Add just a bit of water at a time and mix just until dough becomes malleable.

Pinch off nickel-size pieces and roll into balls. Place on tray (lined with parchment). Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass and freeze tray for 20 minutes.

At the end of the freeze time, microwave the chocolate in 30 second increments until melted. Take a few mints from the freezer at a time, to dip in the chocolate. I found using a fork to be the best tool. Place them on a cooling rack to dry.

Microwave chocolate in smaller time increments as it cools/hardens, to keep it useful.

The mints will take about two hours to fully harden. They’ll keep for up to two weeks, in an airtight container. Consider keeping a few in the freezer, just to enhance that cool feeling.

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