pretty darn wholesome peppermint patties
Ummmm…. Cool, minty, sweet and creamy peppermint patties!
When we were old enough to be allowed to walk to the corner grocery store by ourselves, my sister and I would sometimes set out on a Friday afternoon to buy a few treats with our allowances. We would very carefully select our favorite candies, then after dinner we would go down to our “rec room” to watch Friday night television programs like “Rawhide” or the “Wild, Wild, West”. We would lay out our very special treats and slowly enjoy them in front of the glow of the old RCA Victor black and white set.
Several of my favorite chocolate bars were Malted Milk, Snack Bar and Smarties. Of course I longed for American chocolate bars after seeing their commercials, but after trying a few on holidays, I have to say I ultimately preferred my Canadian made confections. One candy that we loved, was one that we would freeze before consuming – Nielsen’s “Pep” peppermint patty. It was one big patty, about 3 inches wide, drenched in dark chocolate and wrapped in silver and green foil. (The York peppermint patty wrapped in silver foil was its American “cousin”.) After putting it in the freezer for an hour or so, to get it nice and chilly, I would cut it into about twenty tiny pieces and share it with my sister as we watched our Friday night TV line-up.
These patties are a healthy twist on the old favorite. They may not be a “super” food but with only wholesome ingredients, you can consume a few in front of your favorite TV program with no regrets.
ingredients (enough for about 20-24 patties about 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
- 1 cup of organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of organic unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 teaspoons peppermint oil
- 8 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped (I use Lindt or Callebaut)
In a medium sized bowl, beat together the coconut oil, honey and peppermint oil until well blended and smooth.
Stir in the coconut.
Refrigerate until fairly firm (30 minutes or so) or set in the freezer for a short period.
Using a small scoop or 2 small spoons, scoop the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and flatten them a bit to make a patty shape.
To make a nice smooth shaped patty, I take a flat bottomed glass, filled with a little warm water, and use it to flatten the mixture into little disks. The warmth in the glass is enough to melt the mixture just enough to allow the glass to lift off cleanly.
Place the baking sheet with the patties into the fridge or freezer while you melt the chocolate.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and then allow to cool slightly.
Remove the patties from the fridge or freezer. Dip them into the melted chocolate and then return them to the parchment lined baking sheet.
If you'd like you can sprinkle a little coconut on the top of each patty.
Allow the chocolate to firm up, then wrap or serve as desired..... and you will desire them.