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Just a Few Simple Ingredients – Dark Chocolate Mints

Just a Few Simple Ingredients…..

mints2I remember when I was a kid and I would go out to dinner with my parents, which wasn’t very often so it was a really special treat, and when they would go to pay at the register there would be a basket of Andes chocolate mints. I think I looked forward to those more than the actual meal, and my parents always gave me theirs because I loved them so much. I almost picked some up the other day at the store, but I didn’t because I figured I would just make some myself. And so I did!

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This thought came along with my Facebook question about peppermint to which I got this answer from Kat (I ran across Kat Eats on Facebook, which led me to her blog. She writes reviews, and articles, on food… you should stop by and check it out!

mintsThey aren’t exactly like the mints I remember, at least not ingredient wise, but they are just as creamy, and just as tasty. I should let you know that they do NOT taste like milk chocolate or semi-sweet, they taste more like 70-80% dark chocolate. And here is a little secret, they are actually healthy! I know, you are probably wondering how that is possible. Well, I will be more than happy to tell you! Essentially these mints have 4 main ingredients; 1. Zero calorie sweetener, 2. Cocoa Powder 3. Coconut oil, 4. Peppermint flavoring. I did use a drop of green food coloring, I rarely use food coloring, but if you have an issue with using food coloring you can either leave it out, or buy some organic food coloring. (They don’t have green so you could do a mix of blue and yellow) I used two different zero calorie sweeteners because their flavors are different, but if you only want to use one I would choose Truvia because you can throw some in the blender making it into “powdered sugar” for the creamy filling.

mint3These mints are super easy, and so quick to throw together. Between mixing everything up, and chilling it, the process probably takes less than 20 minutes! I like to keep mine in the freezer because candies with coconut oil aren’t counter stable, but if you don’t like your mints crunchy, or firm, you can leave them out on the counter for about 5 minutes, depending on the temperature of your house, so they will soften. Kind of the same way with cutting the finished product, I just broke mine up, then cut them into rough squares. If you are in search of a more perfect looking square candy you can let them soften a bit before cutting them up.

mint collageI like to use a Cool Whip lid when I’m making candy like this because they have such a clean edge and they pop right off the lid when you are done. (I’ve said it before, I like to repurpose as many things as I can.) If you want to use a square container I would say a 4 ½ x 6” rectangle would work about the same. 🙂 I don’t even really need to write a recipe for you since it is as simple as stir, spread freeze x3. I’m not even kidding, but I will write one anyway. 😉 These are perfect for gifts, or just for you, and again I would like to remind you, these are healthy. (Will eating 20 a day for a week straight make you gain weight? Absolutely! So, eat with care. 😉 ) And when you do, make sure you sit back, relax, and enjoy!

NOTE: I know the ingredient list and directions look long, but it is just repetitive for each layer. 🙂

What is your favorite candy from childhood?

Chocolate Mints

By Angie Gouchenour

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10 pieces of candy

Ingredients

Bottom layer

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coconut oil – melted

2 teaspoons Truvia zero calorie sweetener

Middle

1 Tablespoon coconut oil – soft NOT MELTED

1 Tablespoon Stevia

1 drop peppermint flavoring

1 drop green food coloring (Optional)

Top layer

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coconut oil -melted

2 teaspoons Truvia zero calorie sweetener

Directions

Bottom Layer

Combine cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and Truvia together

Pour into a tray and smooth out

Pop in the freezer

Middle layer

While the bottom layer is chilling cream together soft coconut oil and Stevia

Add peppermint flavoring and green food coloring (This will be thick)

Remove bottom layer from the freezer and spread the middle layer on the frozen chocolate

(Because it is so thick you will feel like you have to struggle to get it to spread evenly, but there will be enough)

Pop it back in the freezer

Top layer

Combine cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and Truvia together

Let the mixture cool slightly so it doesn’t melt the middle layer

Spread the top layer across the middle layer and put back in the freezer

After 5 minutes or so you will be able to take it out and cut it or break it apart

53 calories per mint

 

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