Chocolate Mint Squares

12 Dec

This weekend my sister Annie invited me over to make some of my grandma’s chocolate mint squares. My grandma has been making these as long as I can remember and I’ve always loved them. Annie and I are both candy-making novices, but somehow we managed to get some edible treats out of the endeavor. She’s planning on giving these away to neighbors as Christmas treats, but I’m hoarding mine. Mmm… chocolate minty squares…

You can customize this recipe depending on your tastes as Annie and I did. I made my squares using a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate. Annie used plain Hershey bars. So you can pretty much use whatever kind of chocolate you like best. For the mint filling you can use either vanilla almond bark or white chocolate.  I used the bark and Annie used regular white chocolate and both turned out just fine.

Chocolate Mint Squares

 

3 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups whipping cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons butter

1 cup white chocolate, melted
1 cap-full green food coloring (I used about 10 drops)
1 tablespoon mint extract

24 oz. milk or dark chocolate, melted 

Directions:

Combine sugar, whipping cream, corn syrup, salt, and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir on medium heat until mixture reaches 240 deg. F ( soft ball stage). Remove from heat and wait for mixture to stop bubbling.

Pour cooked ingredients into a large greased 9×13″ pan. Add melted white chocolate, food coloring, and mint extract. Quickly stir to combine ingredients (it will being to look crumbly and scary… don’t worry, you’re doing it right.) When the mixture starts to pull together a little and has cooled enough to touch, knead with your hands until the coloring is evenly distributed and the ball becomes more of a playdough consistency.

Roll out mixture on parchment paper until it is about 1/8″ thick (or as thick as you prefer). Spread 1/2 the melted brown chocolate over rolled out mint layer, let dry throughly.

Once chocolate has set-up, flip over the chocolate/mint sheet and coat the other side of the mint filling with remaining melted chocolate.

Allow chocolate to set and cut into 1″ squares before the mixture hardens completely. 

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2 Responses to “Chocolate Mint Squares”

  1. Young Wifey December 12, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    These look and sounds delicious!

  2. john December 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    What a great idea!

    Love this idea, but I don’t have good control over “easy to make desserts.”

    Thanks for sharing.

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