I’m excited I was able to participate in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight! The theme was candy and it’s something that I usually don’t make, so I knew I would be stepping outside of my comfort zone with this recipe. I took time to really think about what I wanted to try and I kept coming across recipes for fudge and hard candy. I’ve made fudge before so I knew I could handle that and I wasn’t ready to experiment with hard candy, so more searching. I found a few recipes for peppermint patties and decided to go for it. Oh boy, am I glad I did! These are delicious!
I thought it would be pretty straight forward to make – which they were until I started to cover them in dark chocolate. I had some that melted while trying to coat them so they went back into the freezer to hard more. Then my dipping fork broke on the next batch, but I finally figured out a good technique to get them all coated. I wasn’t going to give up!
3-4 Tbsp half and half
1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp light corn syrup
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 package of dark chocolate melting wafers
In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of half and half, the coconut oil, corn syrup, extracts and lemon juice. Mix until combined. Add in 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time and mix to combine. If the dough becomes too crumbly, add in 1 tablespoon of half and half at time. I used 4 tablespoons total of half and half. Form the dough into a ball and then roll to a 1/4 inch thick between two silicon mats. Place in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes for the dough to firm.
Remove from the freezer and cut the dough into small circles or whatever shape you prefer. Continue until all dough has been used. Place the shapes on a silicon mat and place back in the freezer for another 15 minutes. When you’re ready to coat the patties in chocolate, melt the chocolate according to the package instructions.
You’ll want to work in small batches for the chocolate portion so the patties don’t soften. Here’s the method I found to work the best. Coat one side of the patty with chocolate and place down on a silicon mat or piece of parchment paper. Spread chocolate over the top and sides of the patty. Sprinkle with any sprinkles or crushed candy canes at this point. Continue coating the patties until they are covered. Place in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened and transfer to an airtight container.
Check out all the other candy recipes in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight in the link below!
Source: The Gunny Sack