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 genius.
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 liqueur 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 ice cream 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 I’ve made to ice cream because of the sheer creaminess.
Chocolate Mint Popsicles
Recipe by Roamingtaste
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.
Add in the creme de menth and stir through the cocoa mixture.
Pour into your popsicle molds, push your popsicle sticks in and freeze for a minimum 4 hours.
Remove from the freezer, let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.