I have to admit, I do have some reservations about featuring something so supremely unhealthy for my first real post…but I figure you don’t win hearts and minds with broccoli and brown rice – so candy it is!
First things first, these things are SICK. Seriously, whoever cooked up this recipe must have worked for Hershey at some point because they really cracked the code on Yorks. Even my (non-vegan) husband agrees that they’re indistinguishable from the real thing.
In addition to being super yummy, what I also love about this recipe is that it’s living proof that a vegan diet isn’t necessarily all health food, all the time. Although the majority of vegan foods often do naturally lend themselves to being healthy and nutritious, opportunities for indulgence abound (french fries anyone?).
I was really torn between handing these out to everyone I know and shoving every single one of them into my face. I decided to share…the recipe. Draw your own conclusions.
Vegan Peppermint Patties
Adapted from VegWeb.com
1/6 cup light corn syrup
1/8 cup Earth Balance
1 tsp. peppermint extract
2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 bag dark chocolate chips/chunks
- In a large bowl, combine corn syrup, Earth Balance and peppermint extract; whip with an electric mixer.
- Add sugar by the cup while mixing (this resulted in a large portion of my kitchen being covered in a fine white dusting of powdered sugar – not sure how to avoid that…) You should end up with a crumbly, mostly dry mix.
- Pinch a small handful of the mixture and press very firmly between your palms to roll into shape. Once you’ve formed a ball, press lightly between your palms to flatten slightly. Place the patty on a wax paper lined baking sheet and repeat until mixture is gone.
- Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan on the stove or in a small bowl in the microwave.
- Coat the patties with chocolate (I started with tongs but ended up just using my fingers). Place each patty back on the wax paper and set baking sheet in the fridge for 10 minutes to set.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container OR get super cute and wrap each patty individually in small squares of aluminum foil.
Yield: About 20
(I halved the original recipe because the yield said “A TON.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not the kind of person that needs A TON of candy laying around my house)