I did a bit of looking around online and found a few recipes that either called for an icing sugar filling with peppermint extract or others that called for coconut oil, honey and actual peppermint leaves. Unfortunately the ones using the oil and leaves were a complete failure. The filling ended up an oily mess with no flavour whatsoever.
I liked the recipe with the icing sugar instead.
Homemade Peppermint Patties
- 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp corn syrup
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 tbsp vegetable shortening
- 8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
Beat 2 1/4 cups of the icing sugar with the corn syrup, water, peppermint extract and shortening. It'll be crumbly. Dust the counter with the remaining sugar and knead the mixture until it comes together. Shape it into a log (roughly 2 inches wide and 8 inches long). Wrap in in wax paper and freeze it until firm (half an hour or so).
Using a sharp knife slice the log into rounds. Place them onto a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and freeze once more for another 15 minutes.
In the meantime melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Let it cool completely.
Dipping the peppermint rounds into the chocolate is a bit of an art form I think. Initially I tried to use my fingers but quickly realized that there was more chocolate on my hands than the patty itself. Good thing my husband is always full of good ideas because he suggested using tongs instead. It was still a bit sloppy but was definitely less messy.
Once the patties are covered in chocolate let them sit out to dry/firm up and then store in the fridge in a sealed container. To serve, let them come to room temperature.
Mmmmmm.....so good......and so minty..... And you know what, the homemade version tastes much better than the ones next to the cash register. No surprise though; the other ones are usually stale and taste like chalk.