If you like the cool and invigorating taste of mint in your gum, your candy and even your toothpaste, you should think about incorporating more of that flavor into your desserts. Find out exactly how you can get these three minty fresh sweets off of the page and onto your kitchen table.
Mochi Ice Cream
Embrace the cool feeling of mint with a frosty treat like mint chocolate chip mochi ice cream — this special dessert is a ball of premium naturally-flavored ice cream filled with miniature chocolate chips and covered with apillowy soft layer of sweetened rice dough. Thecold snack is delicious on its own, in a sundae, sandwiched between two cookies or melted into the bottom of your cup of coffee. You can get a box of this specific flavor of My/Mo Mochi ice cream from the frozen food section of your nearest grocery store. You might want to put one or two extra boxes in your shopping cart because there are only six servings per box and these can disappear quickly, especially if you are planning to share.
This chiffon pie is inspired by the famous grasshopper cocktail made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, heavy cream and ice — the light green color of the beverage is the reason behind the name. If this is the kind of chilled cocktail that you would order at a bar, then you should find out how to make a classic grasshopper pie — a single slice will taste exactly like the cocktail with the extra bonus of chocolate cookie crumbs. Start by putting together a mousse filling from crème de menthe, crème de cacao, gelatin powder, heavy cream, sugar, egg yolks and salt. Then empty the thick mixture into a pie crust made of crushed chocolate wafer cookies, salt and melted butter. Chill the dessert in the fridge and then garnish with cookie crumbs, chocolate shavings or melted syrup right before serving.
Peppermint candies are a lot more popular during the winter-time, but you don’t have to stop eating these sweets when the snow has melted—when you love this flavor, you should enjoy it all year round. If you consider yourself a skilled and confident baker, make a big batch of beautiful peppermint meringues with a few simple ingredients —you will need egg whites, salt, cream of tartar, superfine sugar and natural peppermint extract. Take a pastry bag and fit it with a round piping tip, then use a paintbrush to make lines inside of the bag with some red food coloring. This clever trick will give the meringues that distinct swirling pink and white pattern so that they look just like the store-bought hard candies.
Mint is an unbeatable ingredient for desserts because it will make any decadent recipe taste positively refreshing. You can eat a rich mochi ice cream sundae, a thick piece of chiffon pie or a handful of sugary meringues without feeling overwhelmed — you are far more likely to lick your fingers and go for a second helping.