We are now into a our 3rd day of:
Anyone else getting sugared out?
Okay then, let’s keep going!
Did you ever see that “Seinfeld” episode
where Kramer and Jerry get to witness a surgery?
Kramer brings in a box of Junior Mints into the viewing and offers Jerry some.
When Jerry refuses, a struggle ensues,
causing a Junior Mint to fly into the air and land into the man’s surgical cavity.
I whole-heartedly blame this episode for my love of Junior Mints.
I kid you not that after watching this, I literally got into my car that night,
drove to the store, and bought a box for myself.
Ever since then, this is what I think about
when I hear the words “Junior Mint.”
My goal was to find a “healthier” way to make these.
I HAD to.
My body has been flipping me off from the influx of sugar lately
so I thought I at least owed it that much to ease up on the sweetness in this recipe.
Besides, powdered sugar is too sweet for me (I have limits, people!)
and I couldn’t stand the taste at the first attempt.
So enter the multiple usages of:
I was so pleased that the 2nd attempt worked out and really was refreshingly good.
My belly was a little happier also…
Junior Mints Recipe
Makes approx 20 mints
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract (depending on preference)
1/2 tsp hemp milk (or more like a “dash”)
Vegan chocolate (melted, aka: tempered)
candy mold (optional)
- Blend coconut in food processor/blender until almost smooth. Keep the faith. It WILL blend…eventually.
- Add peppermint extract (according to taste) and milk; mix well.
- Roll coconut mixture into small balls. If using a mold, make sure they are small enough to fit. Place of wax paper-lined plate.
- Freeze for 20 minutes.
- If using mold, coat thin layer of chocolate on mold. Then place the small ball inside and cover the rest with chocolate. If not using a mold, using a fork, dip balls into bowl of melted (tempered) chocolate, coating entirely, and place on wax paper.
- Freeze 10 minutes until set.
These keep best if left in the fridge (or freezer)…
…the best way to eat them anyway, as far as I’m concerned.
I leave it to Kramer to say it best in regards to this candy:
Who’s gonna turn down a Junior Mint?