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National Chocolate Mint Day

chocolate mint

Mint chocolate, also known as chocolate mint, is a popular variety of flavored chocolate. It is created when mint flavoring, such as peppermint, spearmint, or crème de menthe, is added to plain chocolate. Chocolate mint also refers to an herb, specifically a hybrid mint plant, that tastes and especially smells like a combination of mint and chocolate. The National Confectioners Association has declared February 19 the Chocolate Mint Day.

Five Fun Facts:

  1.  Peppermint is the number 1 selling flavor among non-chocolate, hard candies.
  2. Ancient Greeks believed mint could cure hiccups.
  3. The most common mint flavors are peppermint and spearmint, but there are more than 20 types of mints growing around the world.
  4. Mint’s essential oils are used in perfume, cosmetics, air fresheners, drink flavorings, candies and medications.
  5. The US produces 70% of the Worlds peppermint and spearmint,

Five Recipes:

  1. Chocolate Peppermint Cookies - These crunchy cookies combine the classic winter flavors of chocolate and mint for a treat you won’t be able to stop nibbling!
  2. Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Cookies- These cookies are delicious and minty - a perfect winter treat.
  3. Chocolate-Mint Cheesecake- This recipe takes a classic cheesecake and kicks it up several notches by adding in chocolate and mint.
  4. Fresh Mint Ice Cream with Strawberries and Whipped Cream- This mint ice cream is nothing like the kind that comes from the store. The fresh spearmint gives it a light herbal flavor that is reminiscent of mint tea. Its subtle sweetness is the perfect match for lightly sweetened strawberries and whipped cream.
  5. Mint Cookie Ice Cream with Chocolate Ganache & Chopped Cookies - The combination of cool mint, crunchy cookies, and warm chocolate ganache makes for a delicious treat that no one would ever suspect is parve. The perfect end to any meal.

Nutritional Information per one piece of chocolate mint:

Calories:   36
Fat: 1 g
Carbohydrates:  7 g
Cholesterol: 0  mg
Sodium: 0  mg
Protein: 0.14  g
Sugars: 6 g