DIY: Homemade Peppermint Patties

Homemade York Peppermint Patties - So easy to make and tastes EXACTLY like the original! | browneyedbaker.com

Halloween is just a couple of days away, but you won’t find any spooky decorations at my house. I’m pretty much the scrooge of Halloween… I think I stopped trick or treating before I was out of grade school, and only dressed up once (in college, and it was a tie-dye t-shirt – I made myself a hippie) since then… I hate scary movies… spiders, skulls and eye balls gross me out.

However, I do find that Halloween has one redeeming quality – the candy, of course! Now that I can get behind. I haven’t done too much in the way of homemade candy lately, and I thought the upcoming holiday would be a good excuse.

I went through a serious York Peppermint Pattie phase about 10 years ago. I loved how refreshing the combination of peppermint and dark chocolate was, plus I loved that those little patties had a smidgen of the calories of a legit candy bar. Making them at home has been on my to-do list for a long time, and I’m glad I finally got around to making them. These homemade peppermint patties are so easy to make, and I couldn’t get over the fact that they taste EXACTLY like their namesake.

Homemade York Peppermint Patties - So easy to make and tastes EXACTLY like the original! | browneyedbaker.com

The filling for the peppermint patties comes together quickly and is chilled briefly before being rolled out and cut into rounds. The round are frozen, then dipped in dark chocolate and left to set up for about an hour.

Homemade York Peppermint Patties - So easy to make and tastes EXACTLY like the original! | browneyedbaker.com

I took a couple tastes of the filling after I had mixed it, and thought it tasted good, but it wasn’t until it was rolled out and covered in dark chocolate that the familiar taste hit me. I really was stunned at what a perfect copycat recipe this is! I used 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract in the filling, which I thought was good and mild. If you enjoy a bigger punch of peppermint flavor, I would bump it up just a bit, and I’ve indicated that in the recipe below.

If you tend to eschew Halloween like me but don’t want to totally neglect the holiday, homemade candy is your answer! It also goes without saying that these homemade peppermint patties would make a most excellent Christmas treat, both for holiday cookie trays and gift-giving.

Homemade York Peppermint Patties - So easy to make and tastes EXACTLY like the original! | browneyedbaker.com

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

Yield: About 50 patties

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

A homemade rendition of York Peppermint Patties.

Ingredients:

7½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
⅓ cup evaporated milk
⅓ cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons refined coconut oil
1 to 1½ teaspoons peppermint extract
24 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

Directions:

1. Using an electric mixer on low speed, beat together the powdered sugar, evaporated milk, corn syrup, coconut oil and peppermint extract until a soft dough forms. Divide the dough in two and form into disks, then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Sprinkle a clean work surface with powdered sugar, place one of the disks on the surface, sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, and roll out to a ¼-inch thickness. Using a 1⅞-inch round cookie cutter, cut out circles and place on the prepared baking sheet. Gather scraps and re-roll and cut additional circles until no more dough remains. Repeat with the second disk of dough. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the rounds are firm, at least 30 minutes or overnight.

3. When ready to dip the patties, place the finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a small saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir occasionally with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Remove from the heat.

4. Working with one round at a time, dip into the chocolate using a fork and allow any excess chocolate to drip off before returning the patty to the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with all of the peppermint rounds and allow to set at room temperature, about 1 hour. The homemade peppermint patties can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

(Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe)

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74 Responses to “DIY: Homemade Peppermint Patties”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 29, 2014 at 1:23 am

    You’re giving York a run for their money! These things look totally spot-on perfect! And I can almost taste the minty-ness from here! Pinned 🙂

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    • Terry on November 24th, 2014 at 11:42 am

      I love pepper mint patties could you tell me what is refind coconut oil is and where can i get it Thank you

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      • Sue on February 8th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

        Coconut oil in the baking/cooking dept. Usually found with the oils. Mine came from the health food store. Hope that helps

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  2. Lisa on October 29, 2014 at 4:20 am

    What is refined coconut oil?

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    • Michelle on October 29th, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Hi Lisa, It is coconut oil that has been stripped of its natural odors, so you get the benefit of coconut oil without the taste. I find this in the baking aisle at my grocery store.

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      • Marne on October 29th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

        Is there an alternative oil that can be used like canola? I ask because I don’t use coconut oil and would rather not purchase for so little. I know it has different properties (temperature to harden, etc.) so wanted to ask. I do have some (gasp!) Crisco… Any guidance would be appreciated, I love peppermint patties!!!

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        • Michelle on October 29th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

          Hi Marne, I would not recommend a liquid oil; if you need to make a substitution, I would use vegetable shortening (Crisco).

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          • Marne on October 29th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

            Thank you! Sorry, I see you answered this for someone else already. I appreciate all you do for us in creating a fantastic blog. It’s one of my faves, though being a Pittsburgh native helps. Go Pens!

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        • Wani on July 24th, 2015 at 2:34 pm

          Hi,

          Canola is NOT a healthy oil. STAY clear of that stuff.. Coconut oil has many health benefits .. Ditch the cancer stuff (Canola Oil) and get some healing oil in your body..

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          • simba on November 7th, 2015 at 11:44 am

            Funnily enough it depends on where you are. In other countries rapeseed oil is sold as healthy (particularly when ‘organic’ and ‘cold-pressed’), just like coconut oil is. I can’t help but feel it’s largely marketing, for both.

            https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/coconut-oil/

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  3. Brittany on October 29, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I cannot wait to try making these. They look amazing!!!!

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  4. Louise Mourgues on October 29, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Best candy recipe ever – thank you!!!! I am a total YPP addict… can’t wait to try your recipe!

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  5. Laura on October 29, 2014 at 7:09 am

    I have a tree nut allergy in my house so I cant use coconut oil. Is there something I can substitue for it?

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    • Michelle on October 29th, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Hi Laura, I would substitute vegetable shortening if you cannot use the coconut oil.

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  6. nancy+k on October 29, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I love peppermint patties so this recipe will be on my list to make very soon.
    I have to say I totally agree with you about Halloween. When I was a kid, it was simply one…no over the top house decorations, no adults dressing up at work for the day. It was a fun day for young kids to dress up and collect candy. Seriously, Halloween candy appeared in my local grocery stores in August and Christmas things have been in stores for at least a couple of weeks. Holidays seem to commercial juggernauts that are way out of control. Ugh…I guess I am a scrooge too!

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  7. STS on October 29, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Wooow, they look like after eight and i love everything with mint!
    I willl make them soon, cool idea!

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  8. Liv @ Healthy Liv on October 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Mmm my mom loves peppermint patties! I’ll have to make these for her 🙂

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  9. Laura Dembowski on October 29, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I absolutely love making candy! These look just like the real thing and I bet they taste even better.

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  10. nancy on October 29, 2014 at 9:20 am

    These look fantastic. Just wondering about how many the recipe makes?

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    • Michelle on October 29th, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Hi Nancy, The yield is listed at the top of the recipe, along with the prep time and total time.

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      • nancy on October 29th, 2014 at 10:35 am

        Thanks so much and apols for not seeing that initially.

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  11. Allison - Celebrating Sweets on October 29, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I’m not a big fan of Halloween either, the candy is the only perk. 🙂 These look great!

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  12. Amy on October 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE peppermint patties!!! I craved them constantly with my second pregnancy and even though my precious baby girl is four, the craving for these things still hasn’t gone away! It may be dangerous for me to actually be able to make these whenever I want!

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  13. Debbie on October 29, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Can I use regular milk instead of evaporated milk or will that change the flavor or texture?

    Thanks
    Debbie

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    • Michelle on October 29th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Hi Debbie, Regular milk will alter the consistency; I would stick with evaporated milk.

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      • Debbie on October 29th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        Ah… Thank you

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  14. Hailey @ Tasteful Cuisine on October 29, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I love york patties and I’m sure a homemade version is 10x better! These look great!

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  15. Ramona @ The Merchant Baker on October 29, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I do love peppermint patties and I can only imagine how good a homemade one would be! This recipe looks like an easy way to find that out!

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  16. AnnMarie on October 29, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Oh my, I am in heaven! Peppermint Patties are my favorites! When I was on Weight Watchers I could eat 3 of the mini ones a day and I did. It got me through the weight loss! Thank you for this recipe! Pinned!

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  17. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy on October 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    These patties are like little perfect saucers! I’m definitely a sucker for peppermint patties. My weakness is either peanut butter and chocolate or mint and chocolate!

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  18. Tamela Sargent on October 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Question…. instead of dividing the dough into disks and cutting with a cookie cutter, why not make a few long round logs (the size desired for the patties) then just cut into slices?

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    • Michelle on October 29th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Tamela, You could do that if you’d like. I’d make sure that the log is rolled tight and smooth so you don’t end up with cracks or pockets in the filling; rolling it out accomplishes this.

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      • Tamela Sargent on October 29th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

        Good to know, thank you for your response! :o)

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  19. Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. on October 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Oh I love peppermint patties and those look amazing! How on earth did you dip them so beautifully? Whenever I dip anything in chocolate it looks ridiculous, can’t seem to get the perfect look! 🙂 I’m a halloween scrooge too and dislike everything scary about it, just the candy is okay by me, of course!

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    • Jen Checki on May 1st, 2015 at 6:32 am

      I am just guessing that your problem is that the chocolate look very streaky? Or maybe it gets “feet” on the bottom (an unsightly disk of extra chocolate on the bottom)? The former problem is eliminated by tempering the chocolate. If that is too much of a hassle, you can add shortening to the chocolate, which will also work to prevent streaking. The extra chocolate on the bottom can be eliminated if you set the candies on a baking rack right after dipping, so the excess chocolate drips off. (Don’t forget to put waxed paper under the rack first to spare yourself the cleanup!) I hope this helps!

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  20. Gram on October 29, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Sounds great. Peppermint patties are Pap’s favorite. Sometimes I surprise him with a York patty when he has to wait for me while I run into the store. Eases the wait.

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  21. Margaret Smith on October 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    MMMM! These look amazing! Could you PLEASE post new Christmas cupcakes? That would be amazing! Thanks in advance!

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  22. Carolyn Williams on October 29, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Ummm…. yum.

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  23. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on October 29, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    I LOVE peppermint patties – these look amazing!!

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  24. Laura Maude on October 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    YUM!! These are my favorite! I am making them soon…like this weekend! Thanx

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  25. ashley@blondegirlcravings on October 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I am excited to try these!! I’m not usually a huge mint person but for some reason peppermint patties have always called to me. Pinned!

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  26. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on October 30, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Homemade is always the best. These look absolutely perfect!

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  27. dkny on October 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Can anyone think of a good non-dairy substitute for the evaporated milk in this recipe? They look awesome.

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  28. Jules on October 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    What kind of dark chocolate did you use for the coating – percent of cacao?

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    • Michelle on November 2nd, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Hi Jules, I used Valrhona 70%.

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  29. Val on November 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I have bittersweet chocolate on hand, do you think I could use it instead of dark chocolate?

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    • Michelle on November 2nd, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Hi Val, Yes, that will work just fine.

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  30. deb on November 2, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Could you please offer some tips on dipping them in chocolate to get that beautiful finish? What tools do you use? Do you place them flat on parchment after dipping (in that case, what happens to the bottoms?) How to avoid fingerprints? Do the edges need to be “trimmed?” And, for me the most important, how do they set up so that the chocolate is totally firm and doesn’t melt to a chocolate mess on fingers? Thanks. BEB is one of the best cooking sites on web. Great photos & dogs, along with food!

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    • Michelle on November 4th, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Hi Deb, I just used two forks for the dipping. Dropped a patty in, flipped it over, lifted it out and let excess chocolate drip off between the fork tines, then placed back on the parchment paper (if it didn’t slide off on its own, I used the second fork to nudge it off). I didn’t have to trim any edges. The chocolate sets hard, plus you store them in the refrigerator, so melted chocolate shouldn’t be an issue.

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  31. Camille Y. on November 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Hello, I’m new to your site and so far I love it! I’m always looking for new recipes and things to try with my girls. I noticed this recipe makes about 50, can this recipe be cut in half? 50 would be tooooo much but I’d love to try this recipe. Thank you.

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    • Michelle on November 4th, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Hi Camille, You could definitely cut the recipe in half, or can you do what I did – stash them in the freezer 🙂

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  32. Elisabeth on December 5, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I made these, all the while wondering if they would be appreciably better than the many available types of this kind of candy. Turns out, they were delicious and fun to make! On the “worth it” scale, I’d give the satisfaction of crafting them a 9. They are delicious and better than any purchased peppermint patty I can think of. I cut them slightly smaller and thicker than is described, and my chocolate is also thicker than appears in the picture here. Fun project to start the Christmas Confectionery Extravaganza!

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  33. Ruth on December 9, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I was born in York where these mints are made and am really looking forward to making them. This will be a very nostalgic trip for me, thanks very much I appreciate this.

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  34. Nerissa on December 10, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Made these and they were awesome! So much better than York peppermint patties, especially if you use really good quality chocolate. Making another batch for a Christmas party, as the first batch was so popular with everyone who tried them. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  35. Kristen on December 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

    help!!! I am trying to make these right now. It says sifted powdered sugar. Is it measured out first then sifted or is it sifted then spooned into the measuring cup? I am baking challenged 🙁

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    • Michelle on December 21st, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Hi Kristen, Measure first and then sift.

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  36. Tawni on December 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    I made the filling which is super yummy but I wish the chocolate hardened better. I used dark chocolate chips. They hardened when I put them in the fridge but seems like they melt quick when you pick them up. What kind of chocolate did you use?

    Thanks and thanks for the yummy recipe!

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    • Michelle on December 24th, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Hi Tawni, I used Valrhona solid chocolate disks, which I chopped and melted.

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  37. Suzanne Francus on December 31, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I love peppermint patties, but am wondering if other flavorings would work? Raspberry, orange, or even plain old vanilla?

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    • Sue on February 8th, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      Yes other flavorings will work. Additionally I have had orange mint patties which I really enjoyed too

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  38. Lori G. on January 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I love your blog and have pinned LOTS of your recipes and have made with success!! I made the peppermint patties for the first time at Christmas for my 8 year old nephew….SUCCESS!! I will do a couple of things different the next go around but a great recipe, thank you!

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  39. Sue on February 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I am in the process of making this right now. I added an extra half teaspoon of peppermint extract since I love the strong mint. We are doing something a little different than the patties since these are strictly for us. I spread the filling out in a large cookie sheet with wax paper under it. I have it in the freezer now and am going to put chocolate on top of it and throw it back in the freezer to solidify. Then I will flip it over and put a layer of chocolate on that side. Lastly we will cut or break it up like bark.We absolutely adore York peppermint patties. Always have some of the miniatures in the house. The cheapest I have been able to buy Yorks for are about $4.00 a pound. I am not sure that this will beat that but DIY usually makes me pretty happy.

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  40. Kay on February 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    i cant find peppermint extract could i use peppermint oil? if so how much

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  41. Molly on March 27, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Hi, i was wondering what the corn syrup does? Is it for binding or sweetening? I don’t have any on hand and I’m wondering if honey would accomplish the same thing or if that changes the consistency? Thanks!

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  42. Brad on October 31, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I simply love the clean,crisp & refreshing taste of York Peppermint Patties but I have a question in regards to the recipe above,what are the exact measurements of evaporated milk & corn syrup for I don’t see them listed?

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    • Michelle on November 5th, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Brad, ⅓ cup each. I’m not sure why you can’t see the measurement, might be a browser issue?

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  43. Brad on November 15, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Thank you Michelle but beings I only see a (?) as a measurement to both the evaporated milk & corn syrup I have to ask,can you write out the measurements to them in your reply? Please! On another note,I’ve learned that ”tempering” the dark chocolate will give the York Peppermint Patties a very nice & shiny sheen for then & like M&Ms,they’ll melt in your mouth & not in your hands & lastly,they’ll also last alot longer! Thank you again! 🙂

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    • Michelle on November 17th, 2015 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Brad, Oh no, I’m able to see it just fine, so sorry for the inconvenience. It is ⅓ cup of each. Enjoy!

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  44. Brad on November 29, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Michelle: Upon your reply & as I see it,you wrote ? cup each so if I can ask again; can you write it out as 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1 cup each or whatever the exact cup each measurements are? Please! Brad

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    • Michelle on December 1st, 2015 at 9:48 pm

      Brad, it is one-third cup of each.

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  45. Brad on December 6, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Michelle: Thank you very much for the 1/3 cup each measurement for both the evaporated milk & corn syrup & this week,I’m going to give the above York Peppermint Patties recipe a try & make a big batch of them! 🙂

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  47. Brandi on December 20, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I just made these with my husband and kids as Christmas gifts to go into mason jar handled mugs. The recipe made 60 1 1/2in circles for us, with leftover melted chocolate to play with (we stuck marshmallows on toothpicks and dipped them in the melted chocolate – YUM). The one thing I had to change because it caused major issues was the melted chocolate was way too thick to dip the patties into. Add 2tsp Crisco shortening per 10oz bag of chocolate chips you melt. We only used 3tsp but you can use up to 2tsp per 10oz. It will help thin the melted chocolate some. I suggest adding it 1/2-1tsp at a time to get it to the consitency you prefer.
    I also preferred my patties to have more peppermint flavor. So I suggest adding another 1/2tsp of peppermint extract if you like a stronger flavor in yours. These tasted fine, but I like mine with more in them.

    I also put mine in the freezer after dipping them in the melted chocolate. This helps them set faster. We needed to wrap each one individually with plastic wrap since they are gifts, so I did it that way. It really helped make things faster.

    You can also add food dye to the dough if you want to make it colored. Green makes pretty peppermint patties! Using a different flavored extract is also fun.

    There are other recipes for these on the Internet. If you don’t want to use the coconut oil I recommend checking other recipes to see what they use in place of the coconut oil. Other stuff can be used, but I prefer the coconut oil as it’s healthier for you and it seems to act better than some of the other stuff.

    Two warnings I will give everyone: Do NOT let any water touch the melted chocolate! It will seize up and ruin your candy. Also, do NOT listen to anyone that says to add milk to the melted chocolate to thin it. The water in the milk will cause the same reaction and make the melted chocolate seize up.

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