Today we celebrate a sweet treat that has been around for almost a hundred years and is enjoyed by millions worldwide, though its exact origins are unknown.
According to nationaldaycalendar.com, "the oldest commercially made mint patty was made by the Quiggin's family on the Isle of Man (located in the middle of the northern Irish Sea) in the 1800's."
We were introduced to it in the 1940's with the "snap test" the candy had to break clean in the middle to be good enough to go on store shelves and carry the name "York Peppermint Patty" made by the York Cone Company of Pennsylvania.
In honor of today, here's a few ways you can pay homage to this decadent dessert:
📍Mix a minty peppermint patty milkshake and enjoy while watching the Superbowl.
📍Add a bit of peppermint to your mocha today (syrup or peppermint stick)
📍Try a new recipe like this one:𝗛𝗢𝗠𝗘𝗠𝗔𝗗𝗘 𝗣𝗘𝗣𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗧 𝗣𝗔𝗧𝗧𝗜𝗘𝗦
2 ½ – 3 cups powdered sugar plus some extra for dusting
3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 12oz bag of dark chocolate chips or semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening or coconut oil
In a large bowl, beat 2 cups powdered sugar, and the softened butter until well combined.
Gradually add heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time and beat after each addition.
Add peppermint and vanilla extracts and mix everything together.
Gradually add more powdered sugar until mixture is stiff and holds its shape.
Place the peppermint mixture on a piece of parchment paper. Roll into a log about 2 inches around. Put the log in the freezer to chill for 20-30 minutes, or in refrigerator overnight.
Once the dough is chilled get the log out and unwrap it. Use a sharp knife to cut it into pieces about ½ inch thick. Roll each piece into a ball. Use powdered sugar on your work surface if dough is sticky.
Flatten each peppermint round into a circle using a drinking glass to squish the peppermint. Put the round peppermint centers on parchment paper or a silicone line baking sheet. Put the tray in the refrigerator while you melt the chocolate.
Put the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Then stir to melt the chips. Continue to heat and stir the chocolate for 20-30 seconds at a time until it is almost completely melted. This should take 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.
Once the chocolate is almost melted stir until it completely melts and is smooth. Now it is ready for coating.
Prepare another cookie sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Take the patties a few at a time from the refrigerator and dip into the chocolate. Shake the patties gently and let any excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.
Put the dipped patties on the cookie sheet and let them sit until fully hardened.
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