When I saw Ashlee's instructions for making homemade Andes mints, I thought it would make a great holiday treat to make and give out. I have been on a chocolate mint kick lately, seen here and here.
We only needed a few ingredients. I couldn't find high quality candy melts so I just used Wilton's brand that I found at my local Michael's. I used two bags of dark chocolate and one bag of the green (vanilla).
I had to find peppermint oil, not extract. The flavoring has to be oil based so it mixes with the chocolate candy melts. I also bought some almond oil and luckily I had an unused dropper on hand for measuring it out. A jelly roll pan and wax paper are all you need.
Start by melting each layer of candy melts in their own oven safe bowl. Turn the oven to warm and leave them in there for 20 minutes. Take out the first layer and turn off the oven, leaving the other layers in the oven to keep warm. This is a great way to melt chocolate!
This was a neat trick! Use a little melted chocolate in each corner to hold the wax paper in place.
Add your flavoring now. We added about 7 drops of peppermint oil to the first layer and stir it in.
Quickly spread the melted chocolate over the wax paper in the pan.
Bang the pan around the smooth out the chocolate.
When the chocolate turns from shiny to matte, it's time for the next layer.
We repeated the steps with the green layer.
See how the brown is mixing in with the green, it wasn't quite ready for the next layer. This was our first attempt. It really didn't make much difference in the finished product.
With the last layer we added some almond oil.
Stopping for a taste test!
No green peaking through!
Letting it set up until it turns matte is important before you cut into squares.
The moment of truth when we started cutting it with a sharp knife. We could see the layers!!
Cut into squares and store in an air tight container.
Makes a lot and we think it tastes better than real Andes mints!
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