Homemade candy is something I’ve always been slightly intimidated by. The process often involves special thermometers and the timing needs to be just right, or your end result can be a sugary lump.
I’m happy to say that is not the case here! These York-inspired patties are refreshingly minty and take less than 30 minutes to make. As the title mentions, they only require 5 ingredients. The only heat involved is while melting your chocolate, but I let the microwave handle that (no double broiler, please 😜).
If you’re a fan of traditional peppermint patties, I encourage you to give these a try. A little bit of peppermint extract goes a long way; they taste surprisingly similar to the childhood candies I remember!
I recommend storing in the freezer, as the coating tends to melt if left out too long. I personally prefer them cold anyway…it helps amp up the minty flavors!
These make a great treat when you want something light for dessert, and coconut mimics the texture of a York candy. Feel free to use whatever kind of chocolate you’d like for the outside.
I hope you enjoy these homemade treats. As always, please tag @garlic_head so I can see your lovely creations!
- 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 TBS maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 TBS + 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chunks
- In your food processor, blend coconut for a few minutes until it’s a little clumpy. Add in maple syrup, peppermint, and 2 TBS coconut oil. Continue blending until a sticky mixture forms.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop out balls of coconut and lay on a lined cookie sheet. Press them down slightly, so a disk shape forms. You should have 12-14 patties. Put this cookie sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes, until candies are firm.
- In a small bowl, add remaining 2 tsp coconut oil to chocolate chunks. Melt in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring in between each increment. Do this until mixture is smooth and pourable. Set aside.
- Take your candies out of the freezer and, using a fork, dump them in the bowl of chocolate one at a time. Shake excess chocolate from each piece and place back on cookie sheet. Place back in the freezer to firm up once more, about 10 minutes.
- These can be stored in the freezer for a few weeks! Let come to room temperature a few minutes before enjoying.
This recipe was inspired by Minimalist Baker.