Today is NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY!!! Low in fat and calories (but watch the sugar), peppermint patties are fabulously tasty, especially after dinner with a cup of your favorite coffee. But if you don’t believe me, just ask Charles M. Schulz. He nicknamed a character after this minty, chocolaty snack. Good grief!
I think Peppermint Patty is the ultimate tomboy. She’s everything I am not, therefore I think she is great. She can be one of the guys and is comfortable out on a baseball field. Me – well… what can I say? I throw like a girl! That is, I pitch like a girl.
Peppermint Patty doesn’t like school – there is one thing I can relate to. I hated school with a purple passion. There was the day when it was raining cats and dogs.
Remember the day when Charlie Brown had to go to her school??? She decided that maybe school was not such a bad thing after all – on that day.
She was in love with Charlie Brown – and he was clueless. Imagine that – a guy being clueless. Hmm… so then Peppermint Patty just comes out and asks “Chuck” to explain love to her.
Forget love — I’d rather fall in chocolate! – Sandra J. Dykes
Yes! Let’s fall in chocolate! Back to the other peppermint patties. They are so delicious and addictive, especially with hot coffee. I found a copy cat recipe for York Peppermint Patties. If you are a type 2 diabetic, take note of the amount of sugar in this recipe and think twice before making them. I don’t think you can substitute Splenda for confectioner’s sugar – I think it can just be used in place of granulated sugar. I won’t be making this but thought the recipe looked interesting.
Now here is a recipe I might try, using sugar-free honey.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup agave nectar or honey
- ½ teaspoon peppermint oil
- ½ to 1 cup chocolate chunks
- In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, agave and peppermint oil, mixing with a spoon
- Smash clumps of coconut oil against side of bowl until mixture is smooth
- Freeze mixture for a few minutes until it starts to harden, then remove from freezer
- Use a 1.5 teaspoon ice cream scoop to measure out little balls onto a parchment paper lined plate
- Place plate in freezer to firm up mint balls; when firm, remove from freezer
- Squish balls down into flat little patties on parchment paper
- Melt chocolate over very low heat; allow to cool slightly
- Dip patties into melted chocolate (use spoon to drop patty into melted chocolate, dip and remove)
- Place patties on parchment paper to harden (takes 10 minutes though on a summer day you may need to refreeze)
Makes about 12 patties
No matter which recipe you use, you could make these and have people over to share the calories and sugar (and of course, the coffee). Yes, you have to share the coffee! Wow – you could make the peppermint patties, have some people over and watch old Charlie Brown DVD’s that feature Peppermint Patty! Isn’t it great how I can plan your whole day for you? You’re welcome! Wink! 😉