Chocolate Peppermint Crisps combine refreshing bursts of peppermint crunch with silky dark chocolate to deliver a perfect after dinner mint.
Incredibly easy to make as there are only three ingredients. Plus, you don’t need a chocolate mould.
The secret to success for the best after dinner mints ? Use a good quality dark chocolate, high quality peppermint extract and crunchy Demerara sugar. Impress dinner guests with your own homemade after dinner mints.
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Despite often being known as after dinner mints, these versatile treats are delicious any time of the day.
Elevate a dessert by adding shards of Chocolate Peppermint Crisp. Enjoy with a mid-morning coffee or pop a few into a bag as a homemade gift.
I first made these Chocolate Peppermint Crisps for a Christmas Dinner table where they accompanied a bag of homemade shortbread.
What equipment do I need ?
- A microwave safe plastic mixing bowl – I use my Lakeland bowl. This has an easy pour spout and a non slip base which is really handy when you’re mixing chocolate.
- I use a microwave to melt the chocolate because it is perfect for tempering small amounts of chocolate. DO NOT MELT YOUR CHOCOLATE IN A GLASS BOWL. This will continue heating the chocolate after it comes out of the microwave.
- A silicone spatula – you can leave the spatula in the chocolate whilst microwaving.
- A digital thermometer. To ensure an ideal snap to your mints, it’s definitely worthwhile (but not essential) using a digital thermometer. I use a Thermapen because it gives an accurate reading very quickly.
- Baking parchment
What ingredients do I need ?
You only need 3 ingredients to make Chocolate Peppermint Crisps.
- Peppermint extract. I’ve found that 3 teaspoons gives you the full fresh flavour of peppermint without being overpowering.
- Demerara sugar. Often used as a crunchy topping in baking because of its large crystals. In this recipe, Demerara is the perfect sugar for holding all the natural peppermint flavour.
- Dark chocolate – callets/drops are best as they are much easier to temper. I like to use Callebaut Belgian Chocolate as it’s ready tempered, making it easier to work with. Callebaut chocolate doesn’t contain palm oil and is sustainably sourced.
How to make Dark Chocolate Peppermint Crisps
Place your Demerara sugar in a small bowl.
Sprinkle peppermint extract over the sugar and stir well.
How To Temper Chocolate In The Microwave
To get a good snap in your chocolate mints it’s best to temper your chocolate. I use Callebaut dark chocolate callets and melt them in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Depending on your microwave, this should take 3 or 4 bursts.
Melt and stir until your chocolate is fluid and at a temperature of 31°C to 32°C. Before your chocolate is fully fluid you will still see a few whole callets/drops as you stir – this shows you are almost there.
It’s simply a matter of keep stirring until the callets/drops have melted. The video shows how my chocolate progressed from callets to fluid chocolate.
As an alternative to a microwave, you can melt your chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. That said, I find using a microwave makes it much easier to manage the chocolate’s temperature.
Prepare Your Baking Parchment
Have your piece of baking parchment ready so you can easily spread the chocolate mix. Wrapping parchment around a chopping board and securing it underneath with tape is easier to work with.
Working The Chocolate
Add your peppermint sugar to the chocolate and stir to mix well.
You need to work quickly at this stage as the chocolate goes really thick.
Pour the mixture onto the baking parchment and spread with a palette knife. Don’t worry about getting too smooth a surface.
Leave to set for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Using a large sharp knife cut into rectangles of about 2″ x 1″ or alternatively, cut into shards.
Leave to set completely. If you don’t have a cool place to leave your chocolate peppermint crisp, leave it to set in the fridge.
Once it has set, carefully separate your chocolate peppermint crisps.
Store in an airtight container.
How Long Do They Keep ?
Stored in an airtight container your Chocolate Peppermint Crisps will keep for up to six months.
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Chocolate Peppermint Crisps
- A microwave safe plastic mixing bowl
- A silicone spatula
- A digital thermometer. For an ideal chocolate snap, it’s worthwhile (but not essential) using a digital thermometer to temper chocolate
- 6 tablespoons Demerara sugar
- 3 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 400 g dark chocolate callets/drops I used Callebaut dark chocolate
- Place your demerara sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle peppermint extract over the top of the sugar and stir well.
- Melt the dark chocolate.
- To get a good snap in your chocolate mints it's best to temper your chocolate. I use Callebaut dark chocolate callets and melt them in the microwave in 30 second bursts – this will take 3 or 4 bursts depending on your microwave. Melt and stir until your chocolate is fluid and at a temperature of 31° C to 32° C. Before your chocolate is fully melted you will still see a few whole callets/drops as you stir – this shows you are almost there. Simply keep stirring until the callets/drops have melted.
- Have your piece of baking parchment ready.
- Add your peppermint sugar to the chocolate and stir to mix.
- You need to work quickly at this stage as the chocolate is cooling and thickening as you add the sugar.
- Pour the mixture onto the baking parchment and spread the chocolate mix with a palette knife. You don't need to worry about getting too smooth a surface.
- Leave to set for about 5 to 10 minutes – the timing depends how warm your kitchen is.
- Using a large sharp knife, cut into rectangles of about 2" x 1". If you prefer, cut into shards.
- Leave to set completely. If you don’t have a cool place to leave your chocolate peppermint crisp, leave it to set in the fridge.
- Once it has set, carefully separate your chocolate peppermint crisps.
- Store in an airtight container.
- I found the baking parchment easier to work with when wrapped around a chopping board and secured underneath with a piece of tape.
- Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.