Chocolate and peppermint are perfect partners that come together in mini treats that satisfy a sweet tooth.
cups semisweet chocolate chips
cup white vanilla baking chips
cup whipping cream
teaspoon peppermint extract
drops red food color
tablespoons crushed candy canes (about 6 miniature candy canes)
Line 24 mini muffin cups with petit four paper cups. In 1-quart saucepan, melt semisweet chocolate chips over low heat, stirring frequently. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the chocolate into each paper cup. With back of small measuring spoon, spread chocolate up sides to within 1/8 inch of the top. Chocolate should be warm enough to spread. Refrigerate about 20 minutes or until completely set.
Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, microwave vanilla baking chips uncovered on High 1 minute. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the whipping cream; microwave about 30 seconds longer or until chips are melted. Stir in peppermint extract and food color. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Carefully remove paper cups from chocolate cups.
In medium bowl, beat remaining whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold melted vanilla chip mixture into whipped cream. Spoon or pipe whipped cream mixture into chocolate cups. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with candy.
Make the chocolate cups a day or two ahead of time. Cover loosely and store in a cool place. These festive desserts keep in the refrigerator up to two days. Sprinkle with the crushed candy just before you serve them.
You can purchase the chocolate shells instead of making them; look for shells at your supermarket.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Mousse Cup
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
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- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
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% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 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 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.