Best Peppermint Patties Recipe – Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties – Delish

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“If you’re happy and you know it”… you know where I’m going with that. Peppermint patties have drawn me to my happy place time and time again. I have a specific memory from childhood when my mother would take my brother and me to Rite Aid with her to run errands. It seemed like she always treated us to something like Blow Pops or York Peppermint Patties. I don’t know where the love for peppermint patties came from, but goodness they were and still are the best in my opinion. My brother was known for his love of everything Reese’s cups and peanut butter, while I was the mint maven. Birthday gifts, stockings, stuffers, Valentine’s Day cards, and Easter baskets would—and still do—contain candy laced with mint. These peppermint patties will soon become your favorite candy too. 

The story behind the York Peppermint Pattie
The patties were developed in 1940 at a store in York, Pennsylvania. The guy behind the York Cone Company, Henry Kessler, made sure the patties had that perfect “snap.” The company became one with Hershey in the late 1980s, and so the candy is quite synonymous with the brand. Charles M. Schulz must have been a fan from naming one of his Peanuts characters after the candy.

How do you make peppermint patties?
It’s actually so simple—and somewhat cheap—to make, you’ll find yourself reaching for this recipe over and over. These patties can be made a couple of ways. Some recipes use corn syrup and butter, while others use condensed milk. I prefer the latter and always find it fascinating that condensed milk and powdered sugar can create that tacky, melt-in-your-mouth texture I’m so fond of. Peppermint extract is laced throughout the sugar dough that’s then chilled and dipped into melted dark (traditional), semisweet, or bittersweet chocolate. 

Tips for making the perfect dough:
– It’s important to use a stand mixer as opposed to mixing by hand.
– The dough may appear dry when mixing, so keep beating until it comes together. It’s kind of difficult to overmix this type of dough. 
– Form the patties and chill before dipping in the warm chocolate. The patties tend to soften once exposed to heat, so be sure not to skip this step. 

How long will peppermint patties last?

Peppermint patties will hold up in the fridge for a couple of weeks. But they’re best kept super-cold in the freezer. They can last up to 4 to 6 months in an airtight container or bag. Frozen peppermint patties are a great late-night sweet. 

Other peppermint-forward recipes?
Love peppermint? Here are some more recipes to try:
Peppermint bark is the best of both chocolate and white chocolate worlds.
Brownies and peppermint have to be one of the best things for a sweet tooth.
Hot chocolate and peppermint are without a doubt the perfect pair.

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(680 g.) powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
(14-oz.) can condensed milk 
peppermint extract 
finely chopped fresh mint (optional) 
bittersweet chocolate chips


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