With all of the fantastic food happenings in the world of Harry Potter one might assume that meals aren't capped off with a run of the mill after-dinner mint. Instead, the breath freshener of choice with the Hogwarts set are these Peppermint Humbugs. And making these Potter-centric candies at home might just be the most fun-filled project in Dinah Buchholz's The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. These vibrantly green, minty sweets are equal parts hard candy and taffy.
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Last week I went home to Chicago to visit my family and while in town, I also paid a visit to Marshall Fields & Company for a box of Frango Mints. They are something of an Andes-Candy-turned-bon-bon. With a filling of peppermint-flavored ganache, enrobed in a semisweet chocolate shell, they are simply delicious.
Smug, smug little Girl Scouts. Those sweet-looking sugar-pushers can be found all over this time of year, lurking outside drugstores and markets with their addictive little missives of sweet cookies. Oh, they seem so friendly and accommodating now. But what happens in a month or so, when they're gone and you've got a serious jonesing for some Samoas or Thin Mints? You make your own, that's what you do.
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.
Bacon Flavored Mints: "Each one of these mints tastes like a delicious slice of crispy bacon with just a hint of mint flavor to give it that extra punch! It may sound weird but once you taste it, you'll see that mint and bacon is a match made in China." $4.95 for two tins, 100 mints in each. [via Neatorama]...