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Peppermint Patties and Storm Preparations

October 28, 2012

You may have heard about a humongo storm called Hurricane Sandy that is making its way to the northeast (I’m sorry but I do not like the name ‘Frankenstorm’ and refuse to use it). We spent the weekend preparing: we brought in all the outside furniture, pumpkins and mums; we stocked up on water, ice, non-perishable food, batteries and candles; and I made peppermint patties. What better way to prepare for a 100-year storm than making homemade candy to enjoy while I’m (most likely) without electricity for several days? These morsels will certainly make me feel better about whatever we have in store over the next few days.

I was perusing David Lebovitz’s blog last week and came across a recipe for Chocolate Mint Brownies. He sandwiches peppermint patties in the middle of brownie batter to make gooey, minty brownies that sound divine. When he mentioned making his own peppermint patties my interest really piqued. The brownie recipe online didn’t have the peppermint patty recipe but luckily we have The Perfect Scoop at home (if you like making homemade ice cream, it’s a must have). I’m not quite sure how I never noticed the peppermint patty recipe…mint and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations. Much as I love these on their own, I can’t wait to try the brownies!

When I had my first bite, I proclaimed “these taste just like York Peppermint Patties – but better!” If you love mint and chocolate, these are a must make. Eat them alone, use them in brownies, or mix them into ice cream.

For any of you readers being impacted by the storm, stay safe!

 

Peppermint Patties
adapted from The Perfect Scoop
yields 2 cups

notes: mint extracts and oils vary in strength so add the scant 1/8 teaspoon, taste the mixture once all the sugar is added then add more if you like. I recommend measuring the mint extract away from the bowl you are using and then adding it (measure over a paper towel or another bowl). Mine poured out very quickly and I almost had a mint extract accident on my hands.

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons water
scant 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract or oil
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Measure the confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the confectioners’ sugar.

In a medium bowl, mix the corn syrup, water and mint extract or oil. Gradually stir in the confectioners’ sugar, first with a spoon then kneading with your hands as it thickens. Keep kneading the mixture until it forms a smooth ball. It will seem dry at first but don’t worry, it will come together.

Pat the dough on the prepared baking sheet until it is about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Let it dry, uncovered, for at least 8 hours but preferably overnight.

Line a plate with plastic wrap. Cut the mint dough into 6 wedges, brushing off any excess sugar. It’s okay if the wedges are irregularly shaped because you will break them up. Melt the chocolate in a clean, dry bowl set over simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove chocolate from the heat. Using two forks, dip the mint wedges into the chocolate, turning over to coat both sides. Transfer to the plastic-lined dinner plate.

Chill in the refrigerator until the chocolate is firm then chop into bite-size pieces. Store peppermint patties, well wrapped, in the refrigerator or freezer for up to one month.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2012 7:09 pm

    These look like they’d make great Christmas gifts too. I tried just the mint candies one year, but would love o try them again coated in chocolate. What a great treat! Bookmarked.

    • October 28, 2012 7:12 pm

      Great idea Heidi! These would look great in a clear bag with a red bow – I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love that gift! I would make a double or triple batch for gifts.

  2. October 29, 2012 6:01 am

    My hubby would sell his soul for these! Good luck with the storm – stay safe.

  3. Stephanie permalink
    October 29, 2012 2:59 pm

    i am going on a storm baking spree! done: oreo chunk cookies. in the oven: dulce de leche. up next: dulce de leche brownies.

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