Homemade Party Mints – York Peppermint Patties



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This is the most asked for candy at Christmas in the Cooper and Kellam households. We always have to make at least 3 batches!!

Don’t let the paraffin scare you and keep you from making these. You can use chocolate candy wafers (sold especially for this) if you want in place of the paraffin and chocolate chips. Also in the book the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of paraffin which is what the recipe years ago called for but I use much less as you can see. The paraffin helps to keep the chocolate chips from sliding off.

 

Homemade Party Mints

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg white (meringue powder may be substituted)
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
4 small lids peppermint flavoring (try 1/2-1 tsp. then add more to taste if you need to)
1 Tbps. paraffin, shaved*
1 pkg. (12 oz.) chocolate chips

Mix powdered sugar, egg white or meringue, butter and peppermint flavoring. Make into small balls about the size of a quarter and then flatten on a cookie sheet. Put in the freezer. Melt chocolate and paraffin over a double boiler. When melted take mints out of freezer. Put a toothpick though the center of the mint and dip into chocolate. If mints on the cookie sheet begin to soften and thaw, refreeze because they are easier to dip. Put back on cookie sheet and let chocolate harden in the freezer. Wrap each mint in a piece of 5×5 inch foil. Makes twenty 2-inch mints.

*Paraffin may be left out and chocolate coating or almond bark may be used instead. 

For more easy holiday recipes like this, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!



Comments

    • says

      You can find it at most grocery stores and Wal Mart in with the canning supplies. Sometimes it is in the baking section too. The first time you might just have to ask someone at the store.

      If you can’t find it like I said you can use the chocolate wafers which you see every where this time of year which people usually use to melt and dip things like pretzels etc. in.

  1. Karen Pruneau says

    A friend gave me a recipe a long time ago for mints.
    1 cup butter
    1 – 1 kg pkg icing sugar (I think this is 4 cups)
    1 teaspoon mint extract
    food colouring as desired, green OR yellow
    Mix together, make into patties, let dry 1 day(if you can), turn over and dry another day.
    This year I tried 1 cup of cream cheese instead of butter. It tastes great too. I also melted chocolate chips and dropped the patties in. Not knowing how well they would stick to the surface it took a couple of try’s and now I put them on a plastic plate that I can bend and they pop right off, though I guess parchment paper would work too.

  2. says

    I make bon bons every year which are peanut butter balls (secret recipe ;) dipped in chocolate, but what exactly does the paraffin do? I use the same process when I do our bonbons but have never used it before. Could you leave out the paraffin?

    • Grandma says

      Paraffin simply makes the chocolate set a bit harder so you don’t have chocolate melting on your hands while attempting to eat one.
      Candy makers swear by it. I would not leave it out.

    • says

      Angela like grandma said it helps the chocolate become a little firmer and not melt or be as soft. I usually don’t like leaving it out. In case you have a hard time finding paraffin it is in with the canning jars and canning items. I just saw a bunch at Wal Mart so it really isn’t hard to find. Plus it isn’t expensive and I use only a little bit. It keeps for years too.

      • Grandma says

        forgot this about the paraffin and what it does.
        It makes the chocolates shiny. The Candy maker in my home town said that was the secret to his shiny chocolates.
        things you learn when you are a kid and people talk like you aren’t there.
        I think that is when I started not liking chocolate as much as other people. The thought of eating wax just didn’t compute.

  3. grizzly bear mom says

    I make parafin coated candies for my nieces and nephews. I used to motivate them to do lots of things until my sister published it in the church cookbook. She defeated my purpose.

  4. Grandma says

    remember those cigars made with paraffin and filled with kool-aide of different colours.
    if you could find a mold for them they would be a nice change of surprise candies. Or a mold for those wax lips we used to wear all the time as if we were film models with lip stick.
    If you bought fake lips for halloween you could do them in wax. Just not sure about a cigar though.
    Any thoughts.

  5. rose says

    everytime i read this about the york peppermint patties .. i think of the brownies i make (esp at this time of year) ..
    i take my fav brownie mix, mix according to directions but after i put in the baking pan (b4 putting it in the oven to cook) .. i take the little york peppermint patties and lay them on top .. when baking they sink to the middle of the brownies .. and when .. they are yummy .. and make a nice variation for a xmas plate to give along with ur fav cookies/etc ..

    • Sheri says

      One of our managers at work shows her love for us by making the brownies in cupcake papers and drops a bite size candy bar like Snickers, Milky Way or a Carmel in. They are way yummy! She uses different colored papers to designate which candy bar she dropped inside. I don’t really care. They are all good!

  6. rose says

    yw grandma .. but what are cherry blossoms? .. my fav chocolate covered cherries (you can only get them this time of year too) .. is the queen anne brand .. walamrt here sells them for like $1/box .. milk or dark chocolate .. but they are sooo good too .. thats an idea .. make the brownies (or chocolate cake) .. and when ur done putting the mix in the pan b4 u put the pan in the oven .. line up those choc covered cherries .. oh my! .. grandma! .. we made up a new version of yumminess .. ehehehheeee :D ..

    • Havockitten says

      There’s nothing like a queen anne cordial cherry. Imagine my surprise when the local 99 Cents Only Store started selling the really big box (with 4 containers of cherries) in the middle of the year!

  7. says

    I am trying to make the party mints/peppermint patties, but the powdered sugar mixture seems really dry. The only thing I’ve done different is use shortening instead of butter because my grandson is allergic to milk and milk products. Do I need to add something more or is it supposed to be very dry? Thanks in advance for any help.

    • says

      The texture of the shortening may make a difference but try just adding a few drops of water and see if that helps. If you didn’t use an egg white but an egg substitute that will affect it too. The recipe is pretty forgiving so just add a little water or some more peppermint and see if that helps. It pretty much is just flavored powdered sugar so you can’t do too much wrong to it.

  8. says

    I finished the peppermint patties today. Mmmmm, so good.
    It was the water, and after looking at the meringue powder again, it’s no wonder. I thought it had equal amounts of powder and water, but it was 2 teaspoons powder and 2 tablespoons of water. Big difference! I think your website is the best one around with so many tips, etc. Thank you.

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