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This recipe was originally published on December 15, 2017.
My all-time favorite Christmas candy are peppermint patties. Dark chocolate with a chewy mint filling is such a winning combination! These amazing homemade peppermint patties are easy to make, and make a super-popular gift for friends or a sweet treat for Christmas parties.
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The History of York Peppermint Patties
- Who makes peppermint patties? The York Cone Company, the original manufacturer of peppermint patties, merged with Hershey in 1988. Now Hershey manufactures the peppermint patties.
- Who invented peppermint patties? Henry C. Kessler invented peppermint patties for the York Cone Company.
- When were peppermint patties invented? Peppermint patties were invented way back in 1940.
- Where are York peppermint patties made? Peppermint patties were made in Reading, Pennsylvania until 2009, when Hershey moved their plant to Monterey, Mexico.
Why are peppermint patties so good?
Peppermint patties are so good because of their crisp, not-too-sweet dark chocolate coating and the cool, refreshing peppermint filling. Peppermint patties make your mouth feel like you just brushed your teeth and freshen your breath. In my opinion, peppermint patties are one of the best Christmas candies!
What’s in the middle of a homemade peppermint patty?
The center of a peppermint patty is a sugary “dough” flavored with peppermint extract. Basically, it’s just a mixture of icing sugar, corn syrup, water, lard, and peppermint extract. The filling has a firm but easy to chew texture with the refreshing flavor of peppermint.
Are homemade peppermint patties good for you?
Peppermint patties are actually one of the healthier Christmas candies. They contain less sugar and fat than other candies, and are made with dark chocolate, which is healthier than milk chocolate. Don’t feel bad if you splurge on a couple of peppermint patties during the holidays!
Are peppermint patties vegan?
York peppermint patties are not vegan, but it’s easy to make vegan homemade peppermint patties! Just make sure to use vegan chocolate, and substitute the lard with vegetable shortening.
Are homemade peppermint patties gluten free?
Yes, peppermint patties are gluten free. Just double-check that all of your ingredients are certified gluten free to ensure that there’s no gluten contamination.
The Best Way to Melt Chocolate
Never use the microwave! Using a homemade double boiler is the best way to melt chocolate; there’s less risk of burning it. Here’s how to do it!
- Fill a 2-quart saucepan with about an inch of water and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
- Pour the chocolate into a heatproof bowl that fits on top of the saucepan.
- Turn the heat down to low and place the bowl of chocolate on top of the pan. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water, and keep the steam out of the chocolate, or it will seize.
- Stir the chocolate occasionally with a silicone spatula or metal spoon until it’s fully melted, then remove the bowl of chocolate from the saucepan.
Do I need to temper the chocolate for peppermint patties?
If you’re nervous about tempering the chocolate for peppermint patties, don’t worry about it. Simply melt the chocolate in a double boiler, dip the patties, then refrigerate them until firm. However, if you want to increase your baking skills, I recommend tempering the chocolate. Tempered chocolate melts less easily at room temperature, has a glossier finish, and snaps when you bite into it.
What happens if my chocolate blooms?
These homemade peppermint patties are made with tempered chocolate. Tempered chocolate has been heated and cooled a certain way to make it shiny and hard when it sets. Sometimes, due to a fault in the tempering process or extreme temperature changes, the chocolate will bloom (turn white in patches or have pale streaks).
If you look closely at the peppermint patties in the photos, you’ll notice the white swirls in the chocolate, which is the blooming. If your chocolate blooms, that’s okay; the patties will still taste amazing, and the texture will be the same. Only the appearance will be affected.
Mint Extract or Peppermint Extract?
When you’re making peppermint patties, always use pure peppermint extract. Mint extract is NOT the same thing as peppermint extract. Mint extract is a blend of spearmint and other types of mint, while peppermint extract is 100% peppermint. Peppermint extract is much stronger in flavor than mint, and is a much better choice for peppermint patties.
How long do homemade peppermint patties last?
Homemade peppermint patties should keep well in a cool room with lower humidity for up to 1 week. Store in an airtight container or a cookie tin, and do not refrigerate if you tempered the chocolate. For longer storage, freeze the patties for up to 1 month.
Can you freeze homemade peppermint patties?
Yes, you can! In fact, some people prefer eating peppermint patties when they are frozen. If you want to freeze homemade peppermint patties, store them in a cookie tin or airtight container. Separate each layer of peppermint patties with wax paper or parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together. Freeze for up to 1 month.
How to Make Homemade Peppermint Patties
Gather the ingredients for the peppermint patties: icing sugar, dark chocolate chips, water, corn syrup, lard, and peppermint extract.
Start the peppermint filling by sifting the icing sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer.
Mix in the lard, water, corn syrup, and 3/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract until a dough forms. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula and mix in a little more peppermint extract to taste. The filling should have a refreshingly strong peppermint flavor.
Knead the peppermint “dough” on a cutting board dusted with icing sugar, then roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut circles from the peppermint dough, re-rolling the scraps to get more circles.
Chill the peppermint circles in the freezer for 10 minutes, then keep them at room temperature while you’re melting the chocolate.
Melt two-thirds of the chocolate chips over a pan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally. Be sure that the chocolate doesn’t get over 120 F on a candy thermometer.
Remove the chocolate from the pan of simmering water and let it cool, stirring frequently, until it’s 95-100 F on a candy thermometer.
Stir in the remaining chocolate chips; keep stirring until they’re fully melted.
Dip the peppermint circles into the chocolate and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. If desired, make a crosshatched pattern on the top of each patty with a fork.
Let the patties harden at room temperature until the chocolate is firm, about 1 hour. Trim off any excess chocolate around the patties with a paring knife.
Place the homemade peppermint patties on a plate and enjoy!
These little candies are fun to make and taste even better than the store bought York patties. You’ll be really proud of your chocolate skills when you make these delightful peppermint patties!
Pro Tips for Making Homemade Peppermint Patties
- Chill the peppermint filling before dipping it into the chocolate. This makes them less likely to curl or bend.
- Use good-quality chocolate. Some reputable brands in the US are Ghirardelli, Godiva, or Lindt..
- Melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water. Microwaves can easily burn or overheat the chocolate.
- Use a candy thermometer for tempering. This ensures an accurate reading and a good tempered chocolate.
- Don’t worry if your chocolate blooms. The patties will still have the same great taste and texture.
- Do not refrigerate the patties if the chocolate is tempered. The extreme temperature change will cause the chocolate to bloom.
- Don’t want to temper the chocolate? Simply melt all the chocolate, dip the patties, and chill them in the fridge until hardened.
Our Go-To Kitchen Tools for Making Peppermint Patties
- Set of 4 Strainers: these metal sieves make it quick and easy to sift icing sugar and other dry ingredients.
- Wilton Cookie Sheets: these sturdy, rimmed cookie sheets are non-stick and easy to clean.
- Parchment Paper: make cleanup easy by lining the cookie sheet with this parchment paper.
- Digital Thermometer: you’ll quickly know the exact temperature of your chocolate with this thermometer.
- McCormick Peppermint Extract: this strong, all-natural extract is perfect for making these patties.
Craving more peppermint goodness this Christmas? You’re in the right place.
- Peppermint Bark: this beautiful swirled chocolate bark is so tasty, you won’t want store bought again!
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies: these soft and chewy cookies have the crunch of candy canes.
- Frozen Peppermint Pie: this easy no-bake dessert has all the goodness of Oreos and peppermint.
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Homemade peppermint patties are a refreshing Christmas treat that’s easy to make and so fun to eat. Give these healthy candies away as teacher gifts or eat them all yourself. These peppermint patties can be made vegan and are just as good as the York ones!
- 2 1/4 cups icing sugar, sifted (270g)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup (31g)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons filtered water (22 ml)
- 1 tablespoon lard, at room temperature (13g)
- 1–1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 10 ounces 60% cacao chocolate chips (283g)
Making the Peppermint Filling (30 min + 10 min chilling)
- Mix the filling. Sift the icing sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the corn syrup, water, lard, and 3/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract. Stir on low to combine, then beat on medium speed until a dough has formed, scraping the sides as necessary. Gradually add more peppermint extract to taste, making sure the filling has a refreshingly strong peppermint flavor.
- Roll and cut. Turn the dough onto a work surface dusted with sifted icing sugar and knead until smooth. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut out as many 2 inch rounds as you can, re-rolling the scraps.
- Chill out. Place the peppermint rounds on a small, parchment-lined cookie sheet and chill in the freezer for 10 minutes, then set out at room temperature while you’re melting the chocolate.
Melting the Chocolate (10-30 min)
- If you don’t want to temper the chocolate, simply follow step 1 below, except melt all the chocolate at once, then proceed with dipping the peppermint patties. If you want to temper the chocolate, follow all the steps below.
- Melt the chocolate. Place two-thirds of the chocolate (about 6.5 ounces) in a stainless steel mixing bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, being careful to keep the steam away from the chocolate. Stir the chocolate occasionally with a rubber spatula until it’s fully melted, about 110-115 F on a candy thermometer. Be careful not to let the chocolate get hotter than 120 F, or it may burn or not temper properly.
- Temper the chocolate. Once the chocolate has fully melted, remove the bowl from the heat and let it cool to 95-100 F, stirring frequently. Add the reserved chocolate, stirring continuously until it is fully melted. If it’s not melting, set the bowl over the heat for 10 seconds or so.
Dipping the Patties (30 min + 1 hr)
- Prep. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Dip. Lay a chilled peppermint patty on a fork and dip into the tempered chocolate, using the spatula to spread chocolate on the top and sides if needed. Scrape the bottom of the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove extra chocolate from the base, then use a butter knife to slide the patty off the fork and onto the prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with the remaining patties.
- Hardening chocolate? If the chocolate begins to harden too much, put it back over the simmering water in 5 to 10-second intervals, stirring continuously, until the chocolate is easy to use again. Don’t heat it above 88 degrees.
- Set. Let the peppermint patties set until firm in a cool place, about 1 hour. Do not refrigerate the patties if you used tempered chocolate, as this will dull the finish on the chocolate and cause it to bloom (turn white in patches or streaks).
- Enjoy. Store the patties on a plate covered with plastic wrap, in a cookie tin, or in an airtight container for up to 1 week at room temperature. Freeze for up to 1 month.
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- Category: Candy
- Method: Dipped
- Cuisine: American
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