Chocolate Lovers: Mint Edition

Well hello, again!  With the new year in full swing, there are so many new possibilities that lay ahead!  Fortunately, some things will never change and my love for chocolate is definitely one of them.  During the holidays, my work had a cookie exchange and two of the recipes are definitely worth sharing!  Now there are a few criteria that a dessert must have in order to be worth sharing…

#1 – It has to be delicious. (defined by the taster)

#2 – The recipe has to be easy.  The easier the better.  A bonus if you can just use the microwave.  No-bakes are so fun! You know the saying “good things come in small packages”  ( <— so true, but that’s another story) well for recipes, “good things come in small grocery lists”

#3 – More than one opinion matters.  If other people like it, you’re probably on to something good.

These two are yummy, super easy and tested by many!  Both chocolate mint flavored and perfect for sharing and crowd pleasing.

Mint-chocolate-clusters-fudge

Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge

  • 1 cup mint chocolate chips  (coarsely chop 1/4 cup and set aside)
  • 10 oz dark chocolate morsels
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Andes-Nestlé-fudge-ingredientsLine an 8-inch square baking pan with foil. Combine the dark chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl.  Set the heat to a low or melt setting and microwave, stirring every 20-30 seconds until melted.  Add vanilla.  Stir in whole mint chocolate chips and then spread mixture in pan.  Sprinkle with chopped mint morsels and press gently.  Refrigerate until firm.  Wa-lah!  Done!

Mint-fudge-panYup, that easy.  One bowl wonder, plus the pan and you’re good to go!  Besides waiting a few hours for this to firm, the fudge is super duper quick to make, no fuss and really tastes pretty amazing if you like mint chocolate… and I love mint chocolate!  ❤

 

Andes-mint-fudge

When you thought fudge was the cat’s meow, let me introduce Oreos to the mix!!

Mint Chocolate Cookie Crunch

  • 1.5 – 12 oz packages of semisweet chocolate chips (18 oz total)Mint-cookie-crunch-ingredients
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Package of Oreos (about 10 oz)
  • 2 cups rice crispies

Lay out wax paper on a table.  This is a no-bake recipe so these will harden on the table. Coarsely chip the Oreos until they are pretty well crushed.  They can be a little clumpy but the more crushed the better.  Combine cereal and Oreos in a bowl. Set aside.

Mint-cookie-chocolate-ingredients

Melt chocolate chips on a low microwave heat setting, stirring every 20-30 seconds until melted.  Stir in vanilla and peppermint.  Pour chocolate over cereal/Oreo mixture and stir until combined.

drop by tablespoonful on the wax paper and cool.

Mint-chocolate-Oreo-clusters

I thought it would be fun sprinkle a little powdered sugar on these gems and it definitely made the baking a little messy <– messy in the kitchen can be fun in itself! Easy as that, these things are sure to please.  If you’ve ever had a chocolate covered Oreo, it’s like that… but minty and homemade!

Dark-chocolate-mint-clusters

I have to share another picture of what happens when I go to Sam’s Club…

4-pound- chocolate-nestle

Yup, that’s a 4 pound bag of chocolate.  In preparation for Holiday cooking, I bought this bag… Well it’s January 17th, and the bag is now 0 pounds.  #missionaccomplished #ineedveggiesnow #butitwassogood #andishared

{For now} I’ll put the desserts aside and get started on some healthy eating for the new year and training for the Gate River Run!

 

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4 thoughts on “Chocolate Lovers: Mint Edition

  1. Wow, these look SO GOOD!! I NEED to try the ‘Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge’ ASAP!
    Keep up the great work!
    Love,
    Isabella

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