Prep 45 mins
Cook 4 hrs
These are amazing! Better than York's because the chocolate is so much thicker. The yield is a guess as the recipe is from a friend who made them at Christmas and gave them as gifts. Fortunately, I was one of the recipients. This recipe has been updated to add more details after questions from reviewers. Cooking time is really drying time for the centers.
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 24 -32 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 -6 tablespoons shortening
- Combine the sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract.
- Slowly add the powdered sugar and beat.
- Knead on a surface sprinkled with more sugar until dough is stiff.
- (The stiffer the better when it come to the dipping part!) Add more sugar while kneading if the dough is sticky.
- Roll 1/4 inch thick.
- Cut into approximately 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch circles. If they are much bigger than that they fall apart when you dip them.
- My girlfriend said she uses a screw-off wine bottle cap!
- Let the cut patties dry for at least 2 hours on *each* side. They need to be really dry.
- Melt chocolate & shortening it a double boiler; stirring constantly until smooth. Using 1 Tbls of shortening for every 6 oz. of chocolate. Keep chocolate hot for dipping.
- Dip patties in melted chocolate. The method my friend has found to work best: she places them on a long 3-tined fork, puts them in the chocolate (it should be no more than 1 1/2 inches deep), flips them over to coat the other side, lifts them out again with the fork underneath the patty, shakes the fork to shake off the excess chocolate & then places the patty on waxed paper to harden.
These turned out great. I used peppermint oil (3/4 teaspoon) instead of the extract. I also did not let dry before dipping. They were fine.
These were wonderful. This was simple to make. The dipping took a while, but that is common with these types of "candies". The labor is well worth it with these. It was helpful that I had a handy, dandy little tool I found at a kitchen store for only $2.49! I believe it is a candy dipping fork? Not sure. I saw it at the store, knew I was making these, and figured it would work great. It is a little 2 pronged fork. If you see one in a store, do yourself a favor and pick one up.
Very good. We made them as others had suggested by making a ball and pressing with the bottom of a glass. Took some time but are really worth it for a special treat. Thanks!