Peppermint and the holidays go hand and hand but once Christmas has passed what are you going to do with all those leftover candy canes? If you have peppermints left over, don’t throw them out. Instead make one of these indulgent peppermint treats.
Mint and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly. The sharp taste of crushed peppermint pieces pairs wonderfully with rich and indulgent fudge brownies. You can make homemade brownies using this recipe for Joyful Healthy Eats or use a box brand. To make the peppermint toppings, unwrap several candy canes or peppermints and place them in plastic bag. Then smash them using a hammer or a kitchen mallet. You can make the peppermint toppings as fine or chunky as you like.
Minty Hot Chocolate
There’s nothing like enjoying a warm beverage while you sit next to the the fireplace on a cold winter night. If you have a few leftover peppermint chunks from your brownies, you can add them to a yummy mug of hot chocolate to make a minty peppermint mocha. These hot chocolate jars can also make a lovely last minute gift to send to anyone you left off of your Christmas list as well.
Peppermint Simple Syrup
Hot chocolate isn’t the only beverage that can be upgraded with a little peppermint. If you like mint flavored beverages you don’t have to crush peppermint every time. You can make an easy peppermint simply syrup and add it to your beverages whenever you want. All you have to do is heat water, sugar, and peppermint in a medium sauce pan until it dissolves. Once its complete store it in an airtight bottle and place it in your refrigerator. Follow the full recipe here.
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Candy Cane Milkshake
The first beverage for you to use your simple syrup in can be this yummy peppermint milk shake. Use a vanilla or chocolate base for your milkshake, then add your simple syrup. If you’re hosting a party you can still crush peppermints to use as a garnish.
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