Monday, July 2, 2012

{ Mint Chocolates }

This post is really about Peppermint Toads, but I was afraid that title would scare people off.

Ok, wait. DON'T close your browser, it's toadly not as weird as it sounds. (Didja see what I did there? Didja? Didja?).

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I'm a rabid Harry Potter obsessed fan. Harry Potter FAN. Yes.

You'll see I've already done an assortment of HP inspired treats if you follow this link.

I'm currently planning a big birthday party for Harry this month! So excited. Lots of Potter Nerds doing nerdy Potter things, it'll be a trip!

So, I'm testing out some recipes. There will be, of course, chocolate frogs, Butterbeer, Pumpkin Juicelicorice wands, lemon drops, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, etc, but I wanted to try out some Peppermint Toads. Here is the info about Peppermint Toads in the Harry Potter Wiki.

Mine don't hop in your stomach however. Unless you eat way, way too many.
(Don't do that!)






I bought this cutesy mold and set to work.

I went to my cabinet to find some peppermints (which I was going to crush and stir into chocolate), and lo and belold, I had zero.

Sad Panda.

After rummaging through drawers for a while, I found Mint M&Ms. Hmm *strokes beard deviously*

(I don't actually have a beard, fyi. Thought I should come clean about that fact).


I used 1/3 cup for 3 squares of chocolate bark (sold in the baking section at your grocery store)

I popped them in the micro for 1 minute. Watch closely, times vary depending on microwave.

When I took them out, they were cracked, like this:


Then, I simply smooshed them with the back of a spoon


Once well smooshed (yes, I'm all about proper terminology), stir into your melted chocolate bark.

In this version, I used white chocolate. I kinda like how they look muddy and earthy, like a real toad.
I prefer the chocolate flavor over the white, however.

Here's a tip, I think I've mentioned it before, but I'm not positive.

When using chocolate molds, try a baby spoon, they are so much easier to work with! If you don't have one, go get one, they only cost a couple bucks (they are also great for filling cupcakes)!

Then, pop into the fridge until completely set! Pop out of the molds. The end!


Look at 'em. I almost hate to eat them... almost!

While those set, you may find it necessary to remelt your chocolate mixture. I got about 24 toads from this recipe.

At first, I was skeptical about using the M&Ms, but I loved the crunch they gave these guys!

Yurmmy, yurmmy!!

This will, of course, work with any chocolate mold! The toads are quite small, so the amount it makes for you, if you are not into making slimy lil creatures to eat (and why not???) will vary depending on the size of your particular mold.


But really, give the toads some credit here.
They ARE adorable.

And delicious.

Poor toads.

Tina






*footnote: I hope you enjoyed this post! It took both time and love. If you enjoyed it, please take a second to comment or share it. Or both. Yeah, both!! If you didn't like it, please feel free NOT to tell me and make me face High School-esque rejection! Kthx.



2 comments:

  1. LOVE that you used mint M&M's in these!! And they seriously are adorable. Come live in Oregon and be rabid about Harry Potter with me?

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  2. They are so cute! Peppermint and chocolate are SO awesome, one of my favs!

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