Do you love chocolate mint candy? I sure do!
Whether you're talking about a York Peppermint Pattie, a "thin mint" offered as an after dinner mint, or a few lovely Andes mints left on your pillow at a hotel or in someone's guest bedroom, I'm all in favor of sinking my teeth in and letting that delightful chocolatey mint flavor roll around my tongue.
A lot of businesses these days are even offering some form of chocolate mint candy as a little "thank you for coming" as their clients leave the premises - whether it's a restaurant or not!
If you're looking to pick up some "store bought" chocolate mints or perhaps buy in bulk for your own business or special event, here's a great selection at the bottom of this page.
Would you rather make your own chocolate mint candy? You're in the right place!
I've got a great simple mint candy recipe that I shared with subscribers of Charmingly Chocolate in November, and I'm going to share with you right now.
In fact, the photo above was sent in by Mary Stead after she made these chocolate mints for her own family after getting this chocolate mint recipe. :)
This chocolate mint recipe is one of the easiest I think you'll find. According to my happy hubby, it's one of the best, too!
You really don't need much to toss it together. In fact, you may already have the ingredients in your pantry.
Here's what you'll need:
Have you ever heard of "tweaking?" That's a term I use when I "adjust" a recipe to suit my own tastes. :) This mint recipe lends itself quite easily to tweaking. You can vary the amounts of the ingredients to get just the right flavor and consistency that you prefer.
How to Make Chocolate Mint Candy:
1. Combine the sweetened condensed milk and peppermint flavoring into a large bowl. You can keep taste testing until you get the desired potency of peppermint that you like.
By the way, you don't have to limit yourself to peppermint. Spearmint, wintergreen, etc., would be just as nice, in my opinion, if you can get your hands on the extract/essence/oil.
2. Gradually mix in the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time until you get a nice firm consistency that isn't sticky.
3. If you're lucky enough to have a Kitchen-Aid quality mixer, you can probably do all the mixing in the bowl.
If not, do what I did and add tip the mixture out onto a bread mat or counter-top and knead in the last portion of the sugar to get that nice firm dry consistency.
4. Pinch off pieces of the mint candy mixture and roll it into balls and then flatten with your hand, the bottom of a glass or a spatula. Allow them to dry out for 2 hours, flipping after 1 hour.
This delay may not be completely necessary. If you make this chocolate mint recipe and skip this step, do let me know how yours turn out!
5. Melt your chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave (being careful to stir frequently and not overheating the chocolate) and then dip your mint patties (or other shape if you got creative) in the chocolate and place on a waxed paper lined tray to set.
Well, I hope you enjoy this chocolate and mint candy recipe as much as we do! I have to be careful not to make it too often because we are quite addicted and find it hard to keep our hands off!
If it all sounds like just too much trouble for you ~ go ahead and treat yourself to some delicious chocolate mint candy from the selection below...