Incredibly fresh-tasting and oh so pretty, chocolate mint leaves make a wonderfully grownup and good-for-you dessert.
I especially adore these chocolate mint leaves. They taste so fresh, and they look so pretty! I like making them when we have people over because they are so impressive. But I sometimes make them for the family too – they are very easy to make.
Fresh mint is totally edible – and delicious!
I really like fresh mint. I usually use it to make tea (simply pour hot water on a bunch of well-rinsed fresh mint leaves and let steep for 10 minutes). But the other day, I bought an especially nice bunch of leaves – large and pretty and bright green. I rinsed them and ate one.
Hmmm… delicious. Then it occurred to me – if fake mint candy tastes so good when covered with chocolate, why not use real mint leaves for the same purpose?
A grownup dessert
Indeed, this is an incredibly unique dessert. I love serving it to guests – everyone raves about them. But I also like making this tasty dessert just for my husband and myself.
As you might have already guessed, chocolate mint leaves are mostly suitable for grownups. Kids tend to be less appreciative of the natural mint flavor and texture. They do love chocolate raspberry cups, though. 🙂
The ingredients needed for this recipe
You’ll only need three simple ingredients to make this tasty dessert. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:
Dark chocolate: The darker you can go and still enjoy this dessert, the better. I usually use Lindt 70%, though sometimes I go as high as 90% – especially when I make these for my husband.
Coconut oil: Helps to slightly soften the dark chocolate and prevent it from being too brittle. You can also use avocado oil.
Fresh mint leaves: Choose large, bright-green leaves to use in this recipe.
How to make chocolate mint leaves
It’s so easy! The recipe card below has the full details. Here are the basic steps:
1. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave and stir to combine.
2. Brush the leaves with the melted chocolate.
3. Place them on wax paper and allow the chocolate to set.
How to serve them?
You can serve them just as they are, which is what I usually do. Another option is to use them as a garnish. Sometimes I use them to garnish ice cream or frozen yogurt.
Can I store the leftovers?
Not for long. The only drawback to this recipe is that you need to make this dessert on the day you plan on eating it. Fresh mint leaves don’t really keep for more than a day, two at the most.
So if you do have leftovers, place them in the fridge in an airtight container, but plan on finishing them up quickly.
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Chocolate Mint Leaves
- 1 oz dark chocolate, 70% cocoa, broken into small pieces*
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 20 large fresh mint leaves
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave, in 30-second intervals, stirring after each microwave session.
- Using a pastry brush, brush the mint leaves with the melted chocolate on both sides.
- Place the chocolate mint leaves on wax paper and allow to set at room temperature, about 1 hour.