Chocolate-Peppermint Creams

Bits of crunchy peppermint candy complement the dark chocolate crust and creamy, rich filling. Lovely!

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 75

Ingredients

1
bag (12 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1
bag (12 oz) dark chocolate chips (2 cups)
1/3
cup whipping cream
1
cup butter
1/4
cup dry pudding mix from 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla pudding and pie filling mix (not instant)
1/2
cup whipping cream
1/2
teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1
bag (2 lb) powdered sugar
1/2
cup coarsely chopped peppermint candy canes

  • 1 Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. Reserve 1/2 cup of the semisweet chocolate chips. In 2-quart saucepan, heat remaining semisweet chocolate chips, the dark chocolate chips and 1/3 cup cream over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until melted. Pour into pan; spread evenly. Refrigerate.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, heat butter, pudding mix and 1/2 cup cream to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in peppermint extract, vanilla and powdered sugar, beating well, until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly over cooled chocolate layer; freeze until firm, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 3 Place reserved 1/2 cup chocolate chips in small resealable freezer plastic bag. Microwave on High 45 to 55 seconds, turning bag over after 30 seconds. Squeeze bag until chips are melted and smooth. Cut small tip off one corner of bag, and drizzle over top. Immediately sprinkle with chopped candy. Cut into 15 rows by 5 rows.

Expert Tips

To easily crush peppermint candies, place them in a resealable plastic freezer bag, seal the bag, and pound with a rolling pin or meat mallet.

Use red and green colored peppermint candy canes for special color during the holidays. If candy canes are not available, use round peppermint candies.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Piece
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
3 1/2g,
3 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
25mg
25%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
19g
19%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.