Sugar-free chocolate mint patties
You don’t see Mint Patties around much these days. I don’t think I’ve had one since I was a kid. I remember one of my grandmothers buying me Mint Patties at the post office and the other having little soft-centred chocolate mints wrapped in gold foil in her pantry. They were such perfect little treats. Of course, you can still buy Mint Patties. However I figured I could make my own with real ingredients – homemade chocolate and a smooth peppermint centre without any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and no added sugar.
I was pressed for time when I had the urge to attempt to make these Chocolate Mint Patties. It was late one Saturday afternoon and I was heading to a friend’s house for a girl’s night in – movies, red wine and chocolate! I wanted to be sure I had the best chance of pulling off my own version of the classic Mint Pattie so I sourced a couple of existing recipes from Sarah Wilson, then appropriated and tweaked them as necessary.
I like to test out my recipes on people without telling them too much about the recipe to start with. It’s a little nerve wracking at times though. However, all three girls at the movie night loved these sugar-free Chocolate Mint Patties (almost as much as they loved Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Walburg in The Departed… almost)!
The recipe is quick, simple, smooth and creamy.
Recipe: Sugar-free Chocolate Mint Patties
- Combine in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring until melted and combined well.
- Pour 1/2 tablespoonfuls of the chocolate into 10 holes of a 12-hole silicon cupcake mould.
- Place cupcake moulds on a tray in the freezer.
- Meanwhile, make peppermint centre.
- Blend all ingredients in a food processor or Thermomix until smooth.
- Remove the chocolate from the freezer and spoon dessertspoonfuls of the peppermint centre on top of each chocolate round.
- Return the tray to freezer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the chocolate mints from the freezer and top each mint pattie with the remaining chocolate and place in the freezer until completely set, about 30 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container in the freezer.