Homemade Peppermint Patties are the perfect winter confection – a dark chocolate coating surrounds a soft and sweet peppermint center. Learn how to make peppermint patties from scratch today!
I love peppermint patties. One day, I peeked at the ingredients on the back. To my surprise, it didn’t seem like it would be too complicated to make my own from scratch.
It’s as simple as making a sugar ‘dough’, rolling it into balls, flattening into a patty shape, then coating in melted chocolate wafers. I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make!
If you love mint and chocolate, you’ll be a fan of these homemade peppermint patties. Plus, they’re easy to make in any size – big or small – that you’d like.
Dipping Peppermint Patties in Chococolate
For me, the most difficult part of making candy is always the dipping. Here’s what I do.
I dip the mint patty into the melted chocolate, gently flip with a fork, then lift the candy out with the fork.
Then, gently tap your fork on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. To remove your peppermint patty, use a knife to gently slide the patty off the fork onto a lined baking sheet or plate.
This process ended with a happy accident. The fork created a bit of texture on the tops which I ended up liking and embracing.
If your candies look a bit messy on the tops, here’s a pro tip. Add some seasonal sprinkles on top! This helps to hide imperfections.
Chocolate Melting Wafers
For this recipe, I highly recommend grabbing a bag of dark chocolate melting wafers from your local grocery store. I like two brands in particular.
If I have time to do some online shopping beforehand, my favorite melting wafers are Mercken’s. You can buy them online here or on Amazon. I’ve tried their dark, milk, and white chocolate melting wafers and highly recommend them all.
In my opinion, Mercken’s has the best taste (the most chocolatey), compared to other brands.
For this recipe, I would not recommend chocolate chips. When they harden, you won’t get that crisp candy coating unless you temper your chocolate first.
To make things easy, melting wafers are the way to go.
More Chocolate Recipes
- Peanut Butter Buckeyes
- Peanut Butter Banana Candy Bark
- Peppermint Chocolate Ice Cream Shell Topping
- Dark Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bark
Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 cups confectioner's sugar
- 12 ounces dark chocolate melting wafers
- In a bowl, add butter, corn syrup, and peppermint extract. Stir to combine. Add confectioner's sugar and mix until a dough forms. If dough is very sticky, add up to another 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar.
- Dust hands with additional confectioner's sugar. Roll dough into small balls (about 2 teaspoons each in size). Flatten ball with your hands into a small disc (about 1/4" thickness) and place onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate discs for 30 minutes, until firm.
- In a microwave safe bowl, microwave melting wafers in 30 second increments, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
- Gently place each disc one at a time in the melted chocolate. Flip over with a fork, then gently remove from chocolate, tapping on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Slide candy off fork and back onto wax paper lined baking sheet.
- Allow to cool and harden at room temperature for 30 minutes, or 10 minutes in the refrigerator. Store in a sealed container at room temperature.