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Creating home made copycat recipes, like pineapple whip or Asian lettuce wraps is a passion of mine. The newest within the lineup is home made Junior Mints. With just some easy substances, these are simple, tasty, and enjoyable to pop in your mouth.
Making Junior Mints at Home
Candy making is usually a tough course of! Sugars normally must be heated to a sure temperature for a selected period of time. Unlike some kinds of home made sweet, you don’t have to fret about that with these dairy-free Junior Mints lookalikes.
It took some trial and error, however it seems that coconut oil, a little bit honey, and a little bit peppermint extract or peppermint important oil style simply nearly as good if not higher than the actual factor!
Tip: The coconut oil should be mushy sufficient to simply combine within the honey and mint. If it’s not, you’ll have to soften it, combine within the different substances, after which chill it earlier than making it into balls or patties.
Chill the combination, then kind it into no matter form and dimension you’d like. Kids love to assist with this half, which is why we ended up with quite a lot of fascinating trying lumps as a substitute of the normal flat oval form. I determine it provides character and a private contact!
Finally, chill the fashioned mints earlier than being dipping them into melted chocolate. One last chill they usually’re finished!
Differences Between Homemade and Store-Bought Junior Mints
Store-bought Junior Mints are recognized for his or her mushy, barely melty middle. An enzyme known as invertase is used to make that occur. Invertase breaks the sucrose in sugar down into glucose and fructose and makes it mushy and runny.
Since I make home made Junior Mints with coconut oil and honey, they’re a little bit firmer at room temperature. However, coconut oil melts at such a low temperature that the heat of your mouth will trigger it to get fairly melty all by itself.
The different distinction you’ll discover between home made and store-bought is the distinction in shininess. Store-bought Junior Mints are coated with confectioner’s glaze, which is product of a resin excreted by beetles.
Sorry, however I’m not coating my pretty chocolate-covered peppermint balls in beetlejuice simply to make them shiny! I’m additionally not going to fiddle round with tempering chocolate completely. Life is simply too brief they usually’re scrumptious with out the added hassle!
A Couple More Homemade Candy Recipes to Try
I take advantage of coconut oil for the bottom of most of my home made confections. I’ve used it to make:
I doubt that these Junior Mints may have an opportunity to take a seat round the home for greater than a few days, however when you have further, strive mixing them into home made ice cream or a milkshake! Confession: My husband and I made this boozy Junior Mints milkshake for St. Patrick’s Day one yr. (For a more healthy model use my home made mint chip ice cream made with avocados to make it!)
Homemade Junior Mints Recipe
Make simple, minty, chocolate-dipped Junior Mint-like treats at residence with coconut oil, honey, and peppermint extract.
In a small bowl, combine collectively the softened coconut oil, honey, and peppermint extract.
Chill the combination till it’s agency sufficient to kind into balls or patties.
Using a teaspoon-sized scoop, kind the combination into the specified form, putting them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Chill the coconut/peppermint balls till agency.
When the peppermint balls are completely chilled, soften the chocolate chips in a double boiler or a bowl positioned over a pan of simmering water.
Working rapidly, dip the balls one after the other into the melted chocolate and return them to the baking sheet.
Chill till the chocolate is ready.
You could make these as giant or small as you want and no matter form appeals to you.
Serving: 1g | Calories: 66kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
Do you make candies at residence? What’s your favourite to make (and eat!)?