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I just made my first batch of homemade peppermint patties! I told you I would in the last issue of Charmingly Chocolate, and I couldn't wait any longer to give this mint candy recipe a try.
As some of you already know, my maiden name is York. Coincidentally, I've always loved York Peppermint Patty candy bars. My mom and I used to buy them for each other as a special little treat.
Now that I live in Australia, I only get to pamper myself with York Peppermint Patties when I make a visit "home" to the States. That's why my eyes lit up when I ran across an interesting recipe for homemade peppermint patties. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Homemade Peppermint PattiesOne of the nicest things about making this homemade candy recipe is that you may already have all of the ingredients in your pantry, so you can try it right now.
There are only 5 ingredients needed, but you could probably get by with only 4 of them quite easily.
I'd like to say this is a quick candy recipe to make, and it is as far as the actual working time is concerned. But, you do need to let the peppermint candy centers set for a couple of hours before coating them in chocolate, so keep that in mind when you are planning to prepare these yummy treats.
Ingredients you'll need:
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 2-4 tsp. of peppermint extract (or essence) to taste
- 6 cups of powdered sugar (icing sugar)
- 3 cups of chocolate chips or wafers
- 2 tsp. of shortening (optional)
Let me start by saying that the amounts of those ingredients are adjustable. That's not the original quantity in the recipe I had, but I made the adjustments necessary to get the desired results. This is the type of candy recipe that you can tweak to suit your own tastes.
Steps in making Peppermint Patties:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and the peppermint extract. I only had peppermint essence available, which, from what I can tell, is the same thing. If you have peppermint oil, be sure to start with less and taste test until you get a strength of flavor you are happy with. I believe the oil is much stronger than the extract or essence.
- Start mixing the powdered sugar into the milk mixture one cup at a time. You may not need the full 6 cups, or you may need a little more. You want to create a peppermint candy center that is not sticky to the touch.
You can see in the photo that I only had a simple hand mixture to work with. That was less than ideal because this mixture gets very thick, like a dough. My mixer was under too much strain so I eventually turned the candy onto my bread mat and kneaded in the remaining powdered sugar until I reached the desired consistency.
If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer or similar, you probably won't have that problem and can complete the mixing process right in your bowl.
- Pinch off small amounts of the peppermint candy and roll it into balls of approximately one inch. Place them on waxed paper and press them down to flatten them into a "peppermint patty" shape.
I found it really easy to use the flat edge of a serving utensil to quickly and evenly form my patties.
- Allow the peppermint patties to dry at room temperature for a couple of hours before dipping. Turn them over half way through so that both sides dry properly.
- Melt your chocolate either using the double boiler or the microwave. If you are going to use a little shortening, add it to the chocolate when melting.
I chose to use Cadbury dark chocolate melts for my peppermint patties and a little Copha (solidified coconut oil) for the shortening. I simply put the chocolate melts and the copha in a large glass measuring cup and microwaved them for about 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval until melted.
- Dip each peppermint candy into the melted chocolate and tap off the excess. Place the chocolate mint candy on a waxed paper lined tray to set.
I'm living in the tropics and this is NOT a good time of year for candy making, so I had to place my homemade peppermint patties in the freezer to get the chocolate to set. That's not ideal, but it was a necessity. If your home is cooler, you should be fine if allowing your candy to set at room temperature.
If you experiment with this recipe yourself, do let us know. I was thinking that it would be nice at Christmas to crush some candy canes and sprinkle over the top of the chocolate peppermint patties before the chocolate has a chance to set.
That's just one idea. Why not take some photos and show them off on our Homemade Chocolate Candy Recipes page. I'll keep my eyes out for yours!
What Goodies Are You Making This Year?
|Hard to believe it's Thanksgiving already in the USA next week. Before we know it the year will be gone again!
One of the things that I am truly thankful for is my friends and fellow chocolate lovers who help to make Chocolate Candy Mall a successful candy website.
I don't really "need" other people to help me enjoy my chocolate. I can gorge myself quite happily on my own. But somehow, sharing my love of chocolate with my readers makes each morsel that much sweeter.
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