One of the first times the taste of chocolate and mint was laid on my palette was a box of after dinner mints a friends family had given my family – they had melted together and he gave them thinking us kids wouldn’t mind gouging them anyhow.
He was right! Grabbing a handful of chocolate with gooey mint center mixed onto our little palms was not a deference to the taste I had that made me yearn for more. Yes, whoever came up with putting these two flavors together is a genuis.
The cool dark mint to the thick earthy chocolate is a mix that has me salivating just at the thought of consuming it. And creme de menthe is a highly undervalued liqeur that before this recipe I’d only tried once and prior to that had never even heard about.
It would be some time before I would eat them again as after dinner mints were fancy and apples were usually our after dinner fare (apples were also road trip fare, a theme I now realize my parents have carved out). Every once in a while during our supermarket shop I would gaze up at the boxes of after dinner mints and somehow it’s become something of a treat for me.
I know, this is crazy considering in a regular diner in New York I had a mint shake with cool mints mixed with the icecream and milk and chunks of minty flavor floated up the straw, like it was any regular day. It didn’t come on a special menu or in any way seemed unusual, but for this kid from a little town in New Zealand with apples for treats, it is a special thing to eat.
If you want minty-ness mixed with alcohol then this is perfect for you and a great way to make your beverages and in this case popsicles a little bit more Irish. These popsicles are also the closest thing ive made to ice cream becuase of the sheer creaminess.
Chocolate Mint Popsicles
3 tablespoons superfine/caster sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup pouring cream
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 shots creme de menth
Mix the sugar, cocoa powder, pouring cream and milk into a bowl and combine until smooth.
Remove from the freezer, let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.