Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sticks

A tasty treat, these can also be used to stir your coffee for a minty-chocolate extravagance. The simple recipe is perfect for creating special Christmas memories making these gourmet treats with your children or grandchildren.




Candy making tips 

  • Make sure the bowl is dry before adding chocolate for melting. Water (even a single drop) will cause chocolate to seize. Chocolate that has seized cannot be salvaged and must be discarded. 

  • Stop the microwave often to stir the chocolate and eliminate hot spots. Hot spots can quickly burn and ruin the chocolate.
Ingredients
12 short mint sticks* 
1 cup (12 oz. Wt.) Semi-sweet chocolate chips** 
1-1/2 t. Coating crystals

Decoration
Red or Green sprinkles
Royal icing layons
Packaging
Pretzel rod bags

Procedure
Place the chocolate chips and coating crystals in a microwave safe glass bowl. Microwave for one minute on high, stir, microwave for an additional thirty seconds stopping halfway to stir. At this point the chocolate should be completely melted. If there are a few remaining lumps, stir the chocolate until smooth.

With the exception of the 1”+/- uncoated end, use a spoon to coat each peppermint stick in melted chocolate. Immediately roll the chocolate in sprinkles and press the icing ion onto the wet chocolate. Place the coated sticks on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Refrigerate until the chocolate is set. Bag in pretzel rod bags. 

**For quality chocolate candy, I am a stickler for using real chocolate rather than products labeled “Candy Coating”, also called “Compound Coating”, which are typically chocolate “flavored”.  For this reason, I need to add coating crystals to the chocolate to thin the chocolate.  The use of candy coatings is common practice and you may find them perfectly acceptable.  If you choose candy coating then you do not need to add coating crystals.   Regardless of whether you choose real chocolate or candy coating, I recommend Wilbur® chocolate.  

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Resources

I purchased all recipe items but the mint sticks from the following source:
Martin’s Farm Market
www.martinsfarmmarket.net

*Bobs® mint sticks (Cracker Barrel)
crackerbarrel.com 
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