Christmas Countdown: Peppermint Patties & Mint Crunch

Peppermint Patty Penguins & Peppermint Crunch Gingerbread Men MainMy appetite and waistline are already well and truly into the Christmas spirit. Being a food blogger, and having Thanksgiving to add to my culinary repertoire this year, I feel just like a turkey with my rapidly expanding waistline in the run-up to Christmas!

This week’s recipe has certainly not helped matters for it contains my most favourite (and fattening) food in the world…CHOCOLATE!

Peppermint Patty Penguins & Mint Crunch Men 3 Moulds -Using the magic of novelty silicone ice cube moulds, I have added a wonderfully wintery and festive spin to two chocolate peppermint recipes: Peppermint Patty Penguins and Mint Crunch Gingerbread Men. These Christmas chocolates make fun, refreshing and tastier companions to after-dinner coffee than the traditional (and rather filling!) mince pie.

Peppermint Patty Penguin HalfAnd what better way to impress your guests than with cute peppermint cool penguins, each with a creamy peppermint patty centre and fun festive gingerbread men with a surprisingly minty crunch!

Those of you with a keen eye may also spot an unexpected guest. I am a sucker for chocolate and couldn’t stand to throw any away – that’s just so wrong!!! – so I used up the leftover chocolate to make a chocolate snowy owl.

Mint Crunch Gingerbread Men MixThese chocolates are so simple to make, you can get the kids to make them! They’re even safer to make if you use the microwave to melt your chocolate, instead of the hob.

Watch the video to see just how easy these cute chocolates are to make, or scroll down for our step-by-step recipe guide…

To Make Peppermint Patty Penguins…

Peppermint Patty Penguin HalfAdd the confectioners sugar, condensed milk, peppermint extract and water to a large mixing bowl and combine to make a stiff paste. If the consistency is too runny, add more sugar. If too dry, add a splash of water.

Peppermint Patty Penguin Mould PattyRoll the peppermint extract into small balls and flatten with the palm of your hand. Set aside while you melt the chocolate. Add the chocolate to a large heat-proof bowl and either set over a pan of simmering water, or melt in the microwave by heating in 20 second increments, stirring each time, until the chocolate is melted.

Peppermint Patty Penguin Full MouldNow add a layer of the melted chocolate to the bottom of each mould. Place a flattened peppermint ball into each mould and then top with the remaining melted chocolate.

Chill in the fridge until the chocolate has set.

To Make Mint Crunch Gingerbread Men…

Mint Crunch Gingerbread ManMelt the chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl and stir in the peppermint extract and crushed peppermint candy.

Mint Crunch Gingerbread Men Full MouldAdd the chocolate mix to the moulds and chill in the refrigerator until solid.

To make these Festive Peppermint Chocolate Recipes I used the following equipment:

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Christmas Peppermint Chocolates

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Peppermint Patty Penguins

Ingredients:

2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Confectioners Sugar
½ Tbsp Condensed Milk
1 Tsp Peppermint Extract
1 Tbsp Water

Instructions:

Add the confectioners sugar, condensed milk, peppermint extract and water to a large mixing bowl and combine to make a stiff paste. If your paste is too runny, add more of the sugar. If too dry, add a splash of water.

Roll the peppermint extract into small balls and flatten with the palm of your hand. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate and add a layer to the bottom of each mould.

Place a flattened peppermint ball into each mould and top with the remaining melted chocolate.  

Chill in the fridge until the chocolate has set.

Mint Crunch Gingerbread Men

Ingredients:

2 Cups White Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp Peppermint Extract
2 Tbsp Crushed Peppermint Candy

Instructions:

Melt the chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl and stir in the peppermint extract and crushed peppermint candy.

Add the chocolate mix to the moulds and chill in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set.

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