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Mint Chocolate Crisp Lollipops

Posted Oct 22 2012 8:00am

Mint Chocolate Crisp Lollipops

Sweets October 22, 2012

Hi everyone! Happy Monday!

Gussy’s hair is getting so long! I told my husband he needs to shave him again before it starts getting really cold here (it’s still in the high 80s!).

I’m getting so excited for Halloween! We already have a little Cinderella outfit for Natalie, and Jade is in that ‘princess’ stage that every little girl inevitably goes through, so I’m pretty sure I know what she’s going as….my husband and I are hoping to dress up as well! I will definitely post pictures of all of us, and I hope you (bloggers) do too!!

I have a delicious candy recipe for you, as promised, to get you even more in the mood for the nearing holiday.

These babies are patterned after a local candy that I absolutely love! I tried to make these similar to dark chocolate in taste, but they have the addition of mint extract (which is my favorite flavor to combine with chocolate) and a healthy brown rice cereal.

Poured into candy lollipop molds, these make the perfect Halloween treat!

MINT CHOCOLATE CRISP LOLLIPOPS

2 T. cocoa butter* (I get this one from iHerb …it’s cheap, and it has a great taste!)

2 T. coconut oil*

2 T. sugar syrup**

1/2 c. cocoa powder

5-10 drops of liquid stevia

pinch of salt (I love using fleur de sal! It pairs especially well with desserts, but any salt will work!)

1/2 t. mint extract

1/2 t. vanilla extract

1/4 c. brown rice cereal

Mix all. Pour into candy molds, mini muffin tins, or just spread onto a baking sheet. Pop into the freezer until set (about 15-30 minutes). Enjoy!

*Feel free to use all coconut oil or all cocoa butter. Cocoa butter will stay solid at room temperature and gives it a more authentic ‘chocolate’ taste.

**I like to use a sugar syrup in this to not have the taste of honey or maple syrup interfere with the mint flavor, but you can use any liquid sweetener you like! To make the syrup, bring  1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of natural cane sugar (such as turbinado) to a boil and then simmer it for 8-10 minutes, until it reduces by about half. Let cool, and add to the recipe.

If you don’t enjoy the taste of mint, feel free to eliminate it and add more vanilla! You can also leave the cereal out. This recipe is very amenable to your particular taste.

The resulting candy has a good crisp bite without being too sweet…the perfect homemade dark chocolate.

What is your favorite flavor to pair with chocolate?

Does anyone have any fun Halloween plans?

We will probably be carving pumpkins, dressing up like the little kids we are inside, and taking our daughters trick-or-treating.

 

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