Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles for St. Patrick's Day! #CatholicCentral #SaintPatricksDayTraditions

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles for St. Patrick's Day! #CatholicCentral #SaintPatricksDayTraditions

Disclosure: I was provided with a gift pack from Catholic Central to help facilitate this post. All opinions stated here are my own. 



Last summer we were able to take our girls to their motherland, Ireland. We spent 5 days castle hopping, sheep chasing, and chowing down on amazing traditional grub. Even for someone like me who is not of Irish descent, it was truly an incredible experience immersing myself into the Irish way of life. Just spotting that beautiful patchwork landscape from the plane, I knew we were in for a real treat.

Irish countryside

We have always had a love of St. Patrick's Day, but this year it's a little more special since we now have an even better understanding of Ireland and St. Patrick. March is the time to celebrate St. Patrick, who is the patron saint who helped introduce Ireland to Christianity. Aside from all of the castles you'll find tucked into the Irish countryside, there are also a plethora of charming little churches to admire as well. So, I think, we have St. Patrick to thank for those.


Ireland Church


This year, we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day by looking back through our Ireland travel photos. We also like to have a sweet treat to munch on because I took A LOT of pictures (you can see some of them on my Instagram) and while I thought about making a green dessert, I decided to go with mint instead. These Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles are a rich and indulgent treat, which would also describe your trip to Ireland.

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

If you want to make them green to keep it more in line with St. Patrick's Day, omit the dark chocolate and coat the truffles with Wilton green candy melts.

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles


Yield: About 20 Truffles

 
Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 30 mint cookies (I use store brand thin mints)
  • 3/4 cup York mini peppermint patties
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped chocolate mint candies (I used Andes)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Place the cookies and peppermint patties in a food processor and pulse until pea-sized crumbs form. Add in the softened cream cheese and pulse until combined.
  3. Scoop out about a tablespoon size amount of dough and roll into a 1 inch ball. Place the dough balls in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate coating.
  4. Chop the chocolate mint candies into fine pieces. Set aside.
  5. Over low heat, melt the chocolate and coconut oil until you have a smooth consistency. Coat the truffle balls with the melted chocolate, sprinkle each with a pinch of the chopped chocolate mint candies, then place in the fridge until the chocolate is set. 
  6. Serve immediately, or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles
  
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20 comments:

  1. I love truffles, that sounds so good.

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    1. Thanks Mary! If you like mint, these could be a fast favorite!

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  2. I'll make something green. Right after Valentine's Day I made two types of sugar cookies, but added mint flavor to them. Then I made chocolate chip cookies with mint chips. Travis makes corn beef and cabbage.I put green dye in the toilet saying that a Leprechaun came in to pee. Ha! They used to believe it.

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    1. We did the dye in the toilet one year, but also dyed the milk and Allison thought the leprechaun peed in her milk since the toilet was green too lol

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  3. These sound delicious, Theresa! I'm glad that your family had the opportunity to connect with their ancestral roots. Terry's mother was born in Ireland, and he has family ties there. I have never been to Ireland other than a brief landing in Shannon Airport. I would love to go. I tried the red cabbage and pepper salad; both Terry and I enjoyed it. We will have it again. Have a good one!

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    1. You must go back with Terry then! I am sure you would both love the Irish countryside. Plus, the Irish are the friendliest people I have ever met. So down to earth, charming, and funny too.

      Glad you enjoyed the red cabbage salad!

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  4. Wait, isn't Ireland their fatherland? I thought you was of Danish royal descent :)
    Lovely photos, adore the mix of browns and blues! Enchanting!
    I don't do mints, though, never understood why people love that mix.

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    1. I suppose technically it would be the fatherland. Haga (my father’s surname) comes from Norway and Stewart (my mother’s) from Scotland. Though I’m s very mixed bag here, I probably need one of those dna tests to figure it out completely.

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  5. Sure sounds like a great way to chow down on saint me day.

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  6. Your instagram connection leads to nothing in your form.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Alissa. It’s fixed now.

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  7. I would like to make green treats!

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  8. I would make some green treats like I traditionally do for St. Patrick's Day. I also wear green and put green food dye in things like the toilet and in my daughter's water cups.

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  9. I'll be making green cupcakes for the kids

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  10. I think it would be fun to host a potluck. We haven't done that for awhile.

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  11. The truffles look good. I would keep them as is, but I can see how they'd be fun with the suggestion you gave for turning them green too.

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  12. My favorite activity on the sheet is make green treats! That would be so much fun with the kids!

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  13. I think hosting a potluck is my favorite activity. It's always fun when friends come together and bring food to share as well. I usually get to try something new at a potluck as well so that's always a plus.

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