Real Chocolate Mints
How to Make Chocolate Dipped Fresh Mint Leaves
When I prepare a menu for dinner parties, people always request a special dessert. Truth be told, I find nobody really eats it. I like to offer something light and healthier at the end of the meal that still makes the night feel special. Something that will cleanse your palette. That is how this chocolate mint recipe evolved.
A HEALTHY DESSERT
I’m always looking for ways to prepare fruit, vegetables and herbs in a way that highlights their flavor. I don’t want to cover it, smother it, or hide it. I want it to mingle with other flavors where you can still taste its essence.
These chocolate dipped fresh mint leaves allow me to enjoy them multiple ways depending on my client.
SERVE THESE CHOCOLATE MINTS THE FOLLOWING WAYS
- Served on a beautiful platter
- As a garnish on a bowl of berries with whipped cream
- Over vanilla bean ice cream
- With crème brule
- On top of chocolate pudding or chocolate mousse
WHY MINT IS SO GOOD FOR YOU
Mint tones the digestive system. Mint is a cooling herb that circulates your chi energy. Eating mint promotes circulation of energy, blood and lymph in the body. A natural after dinner digestion support.
Spearmint is a natural remedy for indigestion and flatulence. Serving mint after a large, decadent meal is the perfect relief for any body.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CHOCOLATE
To make sure your body is absorbing all the benefits of turmeric, you have to eat it with fat. Additionally, eating it with black pepper activates the curcurium within turmeric and helps your body more easily absorb it.
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How to make real chocolate mints using fresh mint leaves and good quality chocolate.
- 5 stems of fresh mint (1 clamshell or bunch from the market)
- 1 cup 70% chocolate chips (I use Equal Exchange)
- Place parchment or wax paper on a baking sheet or small flat pan (make sure it fits in your freezer).
- Add chocolate chips to a small saucepan. Melt chocolate on the lowest temperature for your stove top. Using a spatula, stir frequently till melted.
- Carefully dip mint leaves individually in the chocolate, being sure to coat each side. Gently shake off excess chocolate. Lay flat on parchment paper to settle. Repeat till you’ve used all your mint or chocolate.
- Place sheet tray in freezer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and enjoy immediately. Wrap in parchment and store in freezer safe bag for a month.
Turn off the stove just before all the chocolate chips melt. Keep stirring till melted. If you over heat the chocolate, it will firm up and be difficult to work with.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Whitney Aronoff, a Holistic Chef based in Laguna Beach, California. I graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Communications, and went on to the health supportive culinary school, The Natural Gourmet Institute, in New York City. I work as a personal chef and teach cooking classes, with a focus on healthy, whole foods cooking.
My goal is to help people feel their best by sharing the delicious, healthy recipes I prepare weekly for my clients. I want you to have the energy to live your best life and fulfil your dreams. As we become more conscious and make more quality food choices, our body, mind, soul and the planet benefits.