HomeApril A-to-Z ChallengeApril A-to-Z Challenge 2012J is for Junior Mints, Vegan, My Way

My mother loves Junior Mints, but her cardiologist tells her not to eat chocolate, so she’s given up that treat. One year, our #3 daughter gave her a box of pastel ones, coated in pastel candy (white “chocolate”, maybe?), but that seems to have been a one-off, and I couldn’t find any last year or this year.

So I went internettin’ and found this DIY recipe.

I found, as I got started, that I did NOT have any peppermint extract! I do have mint in the back(space)yard, so I picked some and simmered it in a bit of water and used some of that water in the recipe. It wasn’t strong enough, I’ll tell you that right now. The filling turned out yummy, but not very minty.

So the filling was cut into rounds and coldifyin’ in the freezer, and … I didn’t have any white chocolate.

On The Fly Candy Coating

  • powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
  • vegan margarine
  • dash of salt
  • vanilla almond milk

I also added a bit of the mint-water, which you won’t need to do if you make the filling properly instead of jury-rigging it like I did. Mix the coating until it’s smooth and kind of thick. Divide into as many colors as you want, add a drop of coloring to each bowl and stir well. Nuke it in the microwave or heat it over a double boiler until it’s pretty runny. Take out a few mints and dip one at a time into the coating, lifting with a fork and sliding carefully onto waxed paper.

Looks pretty, and tastes pretty good.

I just now found this one from Instructables, which I may use next year, using mint extract and white chocolate. What do you think, Mom?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character tries to recreate a lost treat for another.


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J is for Junior Mints, Vegan, My Way — 10 Comments

    • Hi, Nicholle! I missed you! About vegans: I got a really good cookbook and showed it to our vegan daughter, and she said, “I’ve gotten to be like Dad. I just like to keep it simple.” Meaning I’m trying to learn about seitan and tempeh and tofu, and she’s just cooking vegetables and eating raw fruit. lol!


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