A few days ago (as seen on blog :)), we went to the Dallas Museum of Art. On the way we picked up some peppermint patties (a family vice) at the gas station.
Elijah: “Hey Mama- we should make a batch of these at home!”
Mama: (my gut reaction comes out…) “You can’t just make these, Lijey. These are some sort of laboratory concoction.” After further thought…. “You know what? Let’s Google it when we get home. I bet there’s a recipe out there.”
Elijah: “Yay! Can we make them today?”
Well, it took a few days but we made them. And, as it turns out, they’re easy to make and…awesome (uh oh)!
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons shortening
- In a large mixing bowl, combine condensed milk and peppermint extract. Beat in enough confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, to form a stiff dough that is no longer sticky. Form into 1 inch balls, then place on waxed paper and flatten with fingers to form patties. Let patties dry at room temperature two hours, turning once.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate with shortening, stirring often. Remove from heat. Dip patties, one at a time, into chocolate by laying them on the tines of a fork and lowering the fork into the liquid. Let cool on waxed paper until set.
So….when I bite into a York Peppermint Patty I get the sensation that I’m eating something toxic when I could’ve just made them myself…. Though not for kids, I found this site mildly amusing when trying to find the actual ingredients lists for Yorks confection (not available online- though they do provide the ‘nutritional information’ (I think a more apt name might be applied to that)).