Feb 24, 2012
Healthy Homemade Peppermint Patties
As a kid, I was always a fan of milk chocolate. When I went trick-or-treating on Halloween, candies containing dark chocolate were the first things I’d give away to the other kids, especially the York Peppermint Patties! I traded them for my preferred sweets, like Hershey’s bars, Snickers, M&Ms and Twix. Milk chocolate is softer, sweeter, and always made me want more! The perfect cluster of sensations to a sugar-obsessed kid.
But something changed in me as I grew older. I started appreciating the flavor of dark chocolate. Although it still wasn’t my first choice when it came to chocolate, well, you know, I appreciated it a little more.
I found that when dark chocolate is paired with another flavor, like orange or mint, it becomes so much more appealing. After I ate about three one of these Peppermint Patties, I became a reformed chocolate addict. I love dark chocolate!
So cool, so refreshing. Feelings milk chocolate never provided.
So soft, so chewy. Textures I love when it comes to sweet snacks.
I did this the hard way, as I don't have a double boiler and a copious amount of chocolate [*gasp!*] but if you do, follow these instructions)!
- Tape a large square of parchment paper onto your counter or other flat surface and tape the edges to secure.
- Mix all the peppermint filling ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and form it into a compact ball (if crumbs are coming off or if it isn't sticking, add another teaspoon or so of coconut oil). Place on the parchment paper and flatten with a plastic rolling pin (I used a plastic pastry roller) and cut out 2" circles with a cookie cutter.
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the cutout circles about 2 inches away from each other.
- For the chocolate coating, melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted. Spoon just enough chocolate over the circles so that it coats the top only. Freeze until chocolate is firm.
- Flip the circles over and spoon chocolate over the circles so that it coats the top first, then coat the sides of the circles with a small spoon. When done coating the circles, refrigerate until the chocolate is firm.
Keeps for ~2 days in the fridge.
This recipe is: sugar free, high protein, gluten free, vegan!