Peppermint patty candies are festive and, believe it or not, incredibly simple to make. They only call for a few ingredients, making them easy to turn out quickly and cheaply. In a matter of 30 minutes, you too could have your own tin of these easy chocolate treats that serve as a great last minute gift.
I came upon this recipe over at The Kitchn earlier this month and was surprised how easy it seemed. I made a batch last week with great success and decided to double it and give these chocolates as gifts.
I only made one slight change. Where the recipe calls for refrigerating the filling for 20 minutes, I popped it in the freezer. I refrigerated the first time around and the filling became gooey and misshapen when I tried to coat it in the melted chocolate. In my experience, there was no discernible difference in the texture of the filling in the final product using either method.
I had some cellophane bags that I was planning to wrap these in, but I was lucky to see this quick guide to making gift boxes at Heather Bailey's beautiful, color-drenched site. While the original project is intended for gift cards, they perfectly fit three or four chocolates.
I didn't have any fancy paper, but I did have some plain heavy card stock sitting around. I printed ten of these out, cut them with regular scissors, and scored the folds with an empty mechanical pencil. Some pink tissue paper and a decorative stamp completed the packages.
Nick was also making candy this weekend. He had the ingenious idea to make a Twix style candy bar with pistachio butter. He made shortbread cookies, processed pistachios into a butter, and dipped the whole thing in semi-sweet chocolate. Delicious!
Handmade gifts might take longer to prepare, but it is a lot more satisfying than selecting a regular store-bought item -- and quite a bit cheaper too. I hope you have enjoyed this edible handmade gift series. These new projects are sure to be holiday staples for me for years to come.
Happy holidays everyone!