Winter Mint Cakes

My Winter Mint Cakes make an ideal gift for food lovers who enjoy Kendall Mint cake. This homemade version is dipped in chocolate and is finished with edible stars. Handmade gifts are always thoughtful and these are fairly simple to make with only 5 ingredients! Pop them in a clear bag and tie with ribbon or parcel rope. I think they are an especially good gift for men (husbands and grandads), who seem to enjoy these old fashioned treats most.

Americans called them peppermint patties, but that implies a softness that our hardy Kendall Mint cake would scoff at! They were originally developed as an energy boost to be taken on walks. I imagine these handmade chocolate coated ones would be fine in the pocket on a Winter’s stroll.

 

Winter Mint Cakes. Homemade Gifts For Him.

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are an especially good gift for men (husbands and grandads), who seem to enjoy these old fashioned treats most. Americans called them peppermint patties, but that implies a softness that our hardy Kendall Mint cake would scoff at!

 

My husband has always enjoyed a Kendall Mint Cake but rarely gets to have one. So, I made these for him – although nobody want a hyperactive husband getting under their feet. So, I suggest accompanying it with a nice long ‘to do list’ in the house and garden.

Of course if these are for Christmas, everyone is in the same hyper/sugar coma ride.

But it’s really not beyond me to write out a list of chores – roll the paper into a scroll and tie with a bow. I mean everything is more appealing with a bow, right?

 

Winter Mint Cakes. Homemade Chocolate Gifts.

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They have only a few ingredients but it does take a little skill. By that, I mean you need to stir the sugar mixture for a good while and it needs to be kept at a simmer, not boil at all times.

Apart from that, you’ll need to melt the chocolate carefully.

Don’t worry – it’s not that difficult – I’ll walk you through it.

Winter Mint Cakes. Homemade Gifts For Men.

Homemade gift for husbands and grandads.

 

How to make Winter Mint Cakes

 

Ingredients for homemade Kendall mint cakes:

  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 150g whole milk
  • 1tsp peppermint extract

Method

  1. Place the sugar and milk in a saucepan and slowly bring it up to a mild simmer on medium heat.
  2. Keep stiring!
  3. Keep it at a level where it is barely simmering and stand there at the hob stiring until it evaporates into a thick mixture.
  4. When you think it’s ready drop a little bit on the side to cool and then if its pliable between the fingers turn off the heat.
  5. Add the peppermint extract and beat with a wooden spoon until it sets a little bit.
  6. Tip it into an oiled tin and leave to set fully.
  7. Once cold cut into squares.

 

Winter Mint Cakes. How To Make Homemade Kendall Mint Cake.

 

Ingredients for decorating Winter Mint cakes

  • 150g 70% chocolate
  • A packet of edible stars

Method

  1. Place some parchment paper on the side ready.
  2. Break up the dark chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl. Place it over a pan of barely simmering water (make sure the water does not touch the bowl).
  3. Take the chocolate off the heat when it is about 2/3 melted. The stir the rest until it melts within it’s own heat.
  4. Dip each mint cake piece into the chocolate (I find a teaspoon helps).
  5. Place onto the parchment paper and sprinkle straight away with a few edible stars.

Winter Mint Cakes. Handmade Gifts For Men.

 

Leave overnight to set, or place in the fridge for an hour or so.

Place in a clear confectionary bag and serve on Winter walks or wrap with a ribbon as a homemade gift. X

Winter Mint Cakes. Homemade Edible Gifts For Him.

 

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My Winter Mint Cakes make an ideal gift for food lovers who enjoy Kendall Mint cake. This homemade version is dipped in chocolate and is finished with edible stars. Handmade gifts are always thoughtful and these are fairly simple to make with only 5 ingredients! Pop them in a clear bag and tie with ribbon or parcel rope. They are an especially good gift for men (husbands and grandads), who seem to enjoy these old fashioned treats most. Americans called them peppermint patties, but that implies a softness that our hardy Kendall Mint cake would scoff at!

 

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31 Comments

  1. October 27, 2017 / 8:47 am

    You had me at 5 ingredients… I much prefer it to a never-ending list! I don’t think I’ve ever tried mint cakes but I love the idea so I might have to give them a go! Thank you for sharing with #blogstravaganza

    • Maria Kelly
      October 27, 2017 / 10:04 am

      I know what you mean! These are great as a Chrissy pressie x

  2. October 27, 2017 / 10:34 am

    These sound lovely! I’ve made peppermint creams before but not mint cake, I’ll have to give them a go 🙂 #blogstravaganza

    • Maria Kelly
      October 28, 2017 / 5:47 am

      Thanks Jo – peppermint and chocolate is a winning combo, isn’t it!? x

  3. October 27, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Love a bit of easy Christmas gift inspiration! Craving a peppermint cream now 🙂

    Liz x

    • Maria Kelly
      October 28, 2017 / 5:49 am

      haha – These are firmer than a peppermint cream – but taste very similar. Great for Christmas gifting! x

  4. October 27, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    My husband would adore these! He’s on a long shift today, so these could be on the cards for a nice treat when he gets home! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Maria Kelly
      October 28, 2017 / 5:53 am

      They don’t take long to make – what a lovely surprise for him! x

    • Maria Kelly
      October 28, 2017 / 6:04 am

      That’s so great! Have fun making them! x

  5. October 30, 2017 / 7:44 am

    Oh my. These sound incredible! #honeybeelinky

    • Maria Kelly
      October 30, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Thank you! I love chocolate and mint together too! x

  6. Andy
    October 30, 2017 / 8:21 am

    These were awesome!! They make you want to climb a mountain! I couldn’t find one, so I emptied the bins, locked the gates and climbed on a chair to change some light bulbs! Hero Husband, hey 😏 Xx

    • Maria Kelly
      October 30, 2017 / 8:39 am

      You see – these are packed full of energy and should be in any arsenal – especially good to give husbands with a long ‘to do’ list! xxx

  7. October 30, 2017 / 10:15 am

    These look good and easy to make 🙂 I think my dad would love them. #Honeybeelinky

    • Maria Kelly
      October 30, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      You could treat him for Christmas! Thanks for leaving a message x

  8. October 31, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Oh I’m bookmarking this! We used to do a lot of hiking when I lived at home, and my dad would always bring some Kendal Mint Cake along to keep us going. He’d love me to make some of this for Christmas! Thank you 🙂 #triumphanttales

    • Maria Kelly
      November 1, 2017 / 11:41 am

      Oh I’m so thrilled! I hope he enjoys them! x

  9. November 1, 2017 / 10:41 am

    These would make such a lovely Christmas present, although I’m not sure that many would actually make it out of my house, I love mint and chocolate! x #TheListLinky

    • Maria Kelly
      November 1, 2017 / 11:44 am

      Me too! I usually make a double batch when I’m making food for gifts – otherwise my lot complain there’s none for them! x

  10. November 3, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    These look so appealing, and sound absolutely delicious. I think I’d have a go at making them for gifts or Christmas treats. Are they really as easy as they sound? #TheListLinky

    • Maria Kelly
      November 5, 2017 / 6:23 am

      Oh wonderful! The only difficulty is knowing when to stop reducing the mixture over the heat. My guide would be to stop a little before you think – because you will stiffen the mixture further by beating it x

  11. November 5, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Oh wow, you’ve done it! These look so tasty! Thank you once again for sharing such a yummy recipe with us at #TriumphantTales. i hope to see you back next week!

    • Maria Kelly
      November 5, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Haha! I only went and did it! My pleasure xx

  12. November 5, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    This would make such a nice Christmas Gift! Or even party favours at a Christmas wedding! My mother in law loves mint cake so may have to try this recipe out for a stocking filler for her. Thank you so much for joining in with the #HoneybeeLinky lovely, see you at the next one I hope! xxx

    • Maria Kelly
      November 6, 2017 / 6:54 am

      That’s such a great idea about the Christmas Wedding favours, Lucy! Hope your Mum-in-law enjoys them xxx

  13. November 6, 2017 / 1:18 am

    This is my all time fave candy! TY! #triumphanttales I may even try this! xoxo

    • Maria Kelly
      November 6, 2017 / 6:55 am

      Wonderful! I hope you enjoy them xx

  14. November 7, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    This recipe sounds super simple, quick and yummy, and with only 5 ingredients – that’s amazing! These would make a perfect Christmas gift. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Maria Kelly
      November 8, 2017 / 6:53 am

      It is a great one for Kendall mint cake lovers Claire – and there are a lot of them out there! haha x