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Healthy & Delicious: Homemade Peppermint Patties

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When I'm jonesing for chocolate and my only options come from a cornerstore candy display, I immediately search out the York Peppermint Patties. At 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per pop, they're a good bit lighter than almost any other commercially available chocolate bar. Plus, they're delicious and make your breath smell way better than a Snickers.

Last year, I learned from The Kitchn that you can make the minty pucks at home, using real ingredients and your refrigerator. They taste cooler and fresher than the storebought candy, and if executed correctly, will impress the pants off your Christmas guests.

One step omitted from The Kitchn's version, but which I believe to be key, is allowing the chocolate mixture to cool to room temperature before dipping. I had big melting problems the first time I tried the recipe, making it incredibly messy. Eliminating the extra heat eliminates this problem.

Beyond that, I've made Peppermint Patties with dark and bittersweet chocolate. While both are delicious, I prefer dark.

You should know there's about a third of the chocolate mixture left after the dipping phase, too. I believe that puts each patty around 100 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving, stretching the boundaries of light food. But December means the holidays and Cookie Month on Serious Eats, so go with me here. At the very least, your breath will rule. At the very most, they're a Christmas miracle.

Adapted from The Kitchn.

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