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Vegan Andes Mints

As quietly as I could on hardwood floor, I tip-toed my way {at one point, crawling on all fours} to leave an envelope filled with a note written by a leprechaun and 5 gold coins by the door without having my favorite little man hear me in the adjoining room. The entire time I was giggling to myself. It took everything in me not to bust up laughing and burst “It was MEEEE!! I wrote the note!!!” while he read with sheer delight. Okay, I read it to him–he cannot read.

The excitement and surprise overwhelmed *me* with happiness. He counted all his money and screamed with joy that a leprechaun came to visit and left him FIVE gold coins. This is what I love about kids. Their bright, wide eyes towards the world; their “oooohs” and “aaaaahhs” over the thought of a tiny man in green leaving them treats just because–man, makes me wish I lived in the days of innocence and belief. Oh, to be a kid again!

At least when I eat these homemade Andes Mints, they instantly take me back to those days. Remember when most restaurants would leave a few of these minty chocolates with your check? Nowadays, you can only really count on Olive Garden to do so. And since that is not my first {or any} choice when eating out, nor can I even eat these tastyΒ chocolate mints, why not make them at home?

HOMEMADE ANDES MINTS RECIPE

Gluten, dairy, and egg free

INGREDIENTS

These measurements depend on the size of your pan. You will need to have more on hand if you are using a pan bigger than 8″ x 8″

  • 1/2 c. vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. vegan white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • few drops of green food coloring

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Cut it so it perfectly fits on the bottom and dab the corners with melted chocolate so it stays in place. Allow to set {just a few minutes}
  2. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in 30 increments, stirring at each stop, repeat until smooth. Drop 1/4 tsp peppermint extract in and stir. Adjust to taste–add the remainder 1/4 tsp if it is not strong enough.
  3. Slowly pour HALF {or less} as the bottom layer into the pan. You want a thin layer so go slowly. Using the back of a spoon or the shake method, make sure it is evenly spread. Freeze for 2 minutes. Make sure it does not freeze completely!!! You don’t want 3 separate layers that fall apart but you also don’t want the chocolate layers to blend into it each other. Watch for the color of the top–when it is no longer shiny is a good indicator you’re ready for the next layer.
  4. While you are flash freezing the first layer, melt the white chocolate chips in the same way in the microwave. Drop food coloring in, stir until smooth.
  5. Pour green chocolate for the thin 2nd layer. Shake until evenly spread. Freeze for 2 minutes or until no longer shiny.
  6. Repeat with 3rd chocolate layer. If you need to reheat your chocolate because it is hardening a little, place back in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. Freeze 2-5 minutes.
  7. Before it sets completely, using a knife, slice the shapes of your mints. I went for the classic rectangular shape. Allow to set until dry, either on the counter or in the freezer {if you are less patient like myself}.
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  1. The chocolate looks absolutely stunning but even more I love the story of the little one finding the letter and the gold coins. I can imagine his eyes and exitement!

    January 3, 2013
  2. petit4chocolatier #

    This is splendid! So good!

    November 17, 2012
  3. Arlene Steuber #

    If you just select the print for the recipe and then print selection from your print options you can print just the recipe with no problem. Works great!

    November 4, 2012
    • Arlene, you are awesome–hooray!

      November 5, 2012
  4. Barbara #

    I can’t wait to make the recipe. But I had to type it . I wish you had a print-friendly option. Thank you for the recipe.

    October 28, 2012
    • Yeah, me too Barbara! I would love to offer that to my readers, unfortunately I have to pay for that option (I actually would have to switch to a .com site which I am financially unable to do so at the moment). Sorry about that 😦

      October 30, 2012
    • Gail #

      Barbara, You can highlight just the part of page you want printed. Right click and choose copy. Then go to Wordpad and click on edit and from the dropdown list choose print. If you want the pictures too, they have to be clicked on one at a time. Also there is a free program called Snippy that allows you to outline just what you want to print out. Hope this helps.

      December 5, 2012
  5. Caity #

    I have always been a HUGE fan of Andes mints but they are so much more expensive than I thought it was worth. So I always went with the hersheys instead. Now I can make a bunch of it for a LOT less! So glad I found this on Pinterest n can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

    October 8, 2012
    • I’m always a big fan of more for less πŸ™‚ Happy you are here, Caity! Make yourself comfortable. xo, Cara

      October 8, 2012
  6. Jacqueline #

    These look great. I make candy at Xmas and this would be an easy, tasty addition. Most of the candies I do take forever but these would be a great filler. Can,t wait to try them.

    July 11, 2012
  7. You and your little guy are so lucky to have each other! The best thing about little ones is that they still believe in magic. The best thing about you is that you can make it! πŸ™‚ I need to hunt down some white chocolate. I used to really like Andes mints. This recipe looks very doable!

    March 13, 2012
    • I thoroughly enjoy the little man’s company…and he, mine. We are super lucky indeed πŸ™‚
      Take Ashlae’s advice and go on Amazon for some vegan white chocolate chips. I need to order more now. Let me know how they taste just like Andes Mints if you make them!

      March 13, 2012
  8. Noreen #

    Mmmm, those remind me of Frango mints.

    March 13, 2012
    • I just had to google Frango mints…Holy Moses, those look good!!!

      March 13, 2012
  9. you are so impressive. (this is kimi on jeremy’s computer)

    March 13, 2012
    • I had a feeling it was you and not Jeremy…unless he picked up a new habit of checking out food blogs πŸ˜‰ hehe. Thanks Kimi! xo

      March 13, 2012
  10. Lou #

    Oh I can’t wait till Misty is old enough to get excited about this kind of stuff…. SO much fun! I’ve never been a fan of the mint+ chocolate combo, (reminds me of toothpaste!) but I remember my sister was CRAZY for it as a kid. She would always go for the mint-chocolate first in those chocolate selection boxes… I would head straight for the gooey caramel number.

    These look, fantastic Cara πŸ™‚

    March 13, 2012
    • Great, now anytime I eat chocolate and mint together I am going to think of toothpaste. Thanks Lou… ha!

      March 13, 2012
  11. You are the sweetest thing ever!

    …..sad to say, I was never an Andes mint fan; I always gave mine away, I was more of the White Chcolate Bark kind of girl πŸ™‚

    March 13, 2012
    • A little bit of yin and yang between us: I would gladly swap you white choco bark for your Andes mints πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2012
  12. And my vocabulary grows again.. I missed the chocolate, candy, sweet train as a kid.. not that i am complaining..:) I love the stories that come with the goodies! I might just get hooked on to chocolate if i keep seeing all your pretty creations!!

    March 13, 2012
    • I wish I missed that train…

      March 13, 2012
  13. Oh gosh! This is just too too good Cara! My youngest counts it as one her blessings that not only does she have 2 *very real* fairy friends that visit and leave her notes and money, but she also knows the Leprechaun PERSONALLY (she’s got a wicked older sister) — we’ll make these and leave them for him this weekend! Giggles of delight over here, thanks girl!!

    March 13, 2012
    • I love that, Shira! There is nothing better than watching kids grow in their delight, even if it is make-believe. And I wanna hear how it goes over this weekend please πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2012
      • Just picked up my peppermint extract…..got to get the green coloring and we’ll be set!

        March 14, 2012
  14. Laurel #

    One of my first jobs was hostessing at a Greek restaurant. There was a huge jar of these things on the the counter. Strangely, they had to be refilled after each of my shifts.Odd, that. You are starting to scare me, getting into my head like this. I may have to abjure all sugar, just to be safe. You do believe me, right? RIGHT?
    Willy Wonka must be some weird anagram for Cara. I love it. ‘Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew – Cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two – Cara can ’cause she mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.’ That’s you, Roald Dahl got it confused.

    source: http://lyricsondemand.com/s/sammydavisjrlyrics/thecandymanlyrics.html

    March 13, 2012
    • I’m eating my lunch right now and nearly choked when you started to sing, Laurel. Holy h, that was funny. Princess Wonka πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2012
      • I always did think Cara looked a little like Gene Wilder…

        March 13, 2012
        • Laurel #

          Great minds think alike. Only Gene could have used some better hair product. I’m half convinced it was Cara, pre-utero, with a wig and fake nose.

          March 13, 2012
          • Well, obviously you 2 have never seen me pre-straight hair {or maybe you have and this is why you are making a correlation between myself and Gene}. I’m not gonna lie, my hair used to eerily resemble his…

            March 13, 2012
        • Your biggest fan! #

          No, she was actually Veruca Salt….and VERY convincingly I might add. πŸ™‚

          March 13, 2012
          • What can I say, I had years of practice in that role…

            March 13, 2012
          • Laurel #

            Veruca Salt? You’re never saying the child was spoiled rotten? Did she play chutes and ladders with rotten golden eggs? Boss people about? She couldn’t have been impatient, surely? Cara, if you don’t want people to believe your biggest fan you’d best have that tattoo removed. You know the one, “Give it to me. I want it now.”

            March 13, 2012
            • In 5th grade, Veruca Salt was my break-out role. Now, granted my stardom lasted, oh, about 2 months but man was I sight to see on stage.

              March 13, 2012
              • Your biggest fan! #

                Did I happen to mention how mine & you’re dad’s jaws dropped at the first stomp of your foot screaming “I want it now!”? You were a natural – that role was YOU!
                In an adorable way, of course *batting my eyelashes*
                XOXOXOX

                March 13, 2012
                • Yeah, yeah, yeah–you 2 might have mentioned it once or 83 times how much you thought I was a natural…I still have no idea what you are talking about. I just think it was all of those acting lessons πŸ™‚

                  March 13, 2012
  15. There are leprechauns, I know this to be true. I think. This is a wonderful post. And you are a kid!
    I will never grow up,
    signed Peter Pan the 2nd

    March 13, 2012
    • “Oh there you are Peter.” <–Hook quote anyone?
      From one big kid to another: xoxo!!

      March 13, 2012
  16. Mmmm…. Aaaaandeeeees…. Love those things! You know how most parents enjoy reliving childhood magic through the eyes of their children? Yeah, my oldest kid? He’s such a cynic! He is “Mr. Science.” If it can’t rationally be explained by things he knows to be true, it’s false and should be punished and/or eradicated. He would never buy the Leprechaun bit. He’s so over Santa. Tooth Fairy? Right out. My other one however, believes that we carried fairies with us on our last Trick-or-Treating expedition to keep us safe. Mr. Science thinks I’m a) lying to Boy 2 and b) completely bonkers. Never a dull moment in this house…

    March 13, 2012
    • I love Mr. Science! I would pull out an entire sheet of leprechaun facts, studies and findings just to convince him. Oh who am I kidding? The kid is probably smarter than me anyway…

      March 13, 2012
      • Unless you can produce an actual Leprechaun complete with gold buckle shoes and a four-leaf clover in his hat, I’m afraid he’ll remain unconvinced.

        March 13, 2012
  17. Lizzie #

    Another triumph! Love them, and love the story – I can totally see myself doing the same thing for my niece (she’s five).

    March 13, 2012
    • Oh, you should do this for her! She would get such a kick out of it πŸ™‚ I love holidays just for this reason…

      March 13, 2012
  18. what sorcery is this? did you really just veganize my husband’s fave candy? i think you did. you are, as always, amazing, outstanding, and splediferous!

    March 13, 2012
    • I went to a vegan witch school and learned all my fancy tricks πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2012
  19. Love this!!! You are brilliant and so fun πŸ™‚ I can just see you now tiptoeing across the floor with a note trying not to giggle too loud hehe!!!!!!

    March 13, 2012
    • It’s rather a ridiculous sight, isn’t it?

      March 13, 2012
  20. Were the gold coins the candy kind?!

    March 13, 2012
    • No!! Bummer huh? Those were the coolest thing ever when I was a kid {though I don’t remember being too excited about their taste}

      March 13, 2012
  21. Um… so where do you get your vegan white chocolate chips is my question? I have such a hard time finding good ones and these look amazing!

    March 13, 2012
    • Looks can be deceiving. It’s a battle at times but I typically find them online. The kind I use are out of stock currently and cannot find them–I used up my last bag. The search has begun again…

      March 13, 2012
      • AMAZON!!!!!!! I have three bags, and Eden and I are MAKING THESE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

        YOU RULE. And Eden says, “Hi. I like your blog name. It’s silly.”

        March 13, 2012
        • Hi Eden! You happen to be the cutest kid ever!!
          Hope you two enjoy your candy making πŸ™‚ And don’t let Ashlae’s big head get in the way if you guys are gonna watch cartoons…

          March 13, 2012
  22. These look great and soooo simple! I can’t believe I complain so much about food not being convenient. What’s not convenient about 10 minutes to know exactly what delicious ingredients I’m shoving into my pie-hole?!?

    March 13, 2012
    • Now you’re talking! Take aside 10 minutes today to feed that pie hole some Andes Mints will ya? And quit yer complaining πŸ™‚ hehe

      March 13, 2012
  23. These are prefect! I used to work at a local restaurant that is similar to olive garden and we gave out Andes. We stored them in the walk-in cooler and I would always find reasons to go in there just so I could steal and nibble on some cold Andes. They are the BEST when they are cold!

    March 13, 2012
    • You are my kind of girl–this sounds like something I would do! πŸ™‚ I used to do that with my dad’s Sparklette’s water bottle filled with coins. {Just to clarify, I wouldn’t eat the money, just take and spend it}

      March 13, 2012
      • Ha I was wondering what you meant that!

        March 13, 2012
        • The quarters were the worst on my digestive system. I learned the hard way.

          March 13, 2012
  24. Yum! These look so simple to make – who knew!?

    I can totally relate to that feeling of surprising someone with something sweet like that. Put a huge smile on my face to read this – thanks for sharing!

    March 13, 2012
    • Well, you are so very welcome Willow πŸ™‚ And you are right–they really are simple to make…which is what I can say about most things these days–who knew?! xo

      March 13, 2012
  25. Yum! I love Andes Mints but not what’s in em. I will LOVE yours even more. Would you put five of them in an envelope and sneak-giggle them to my place? I promise to stare in wide-eyed wonder and uberexclaim my joy. (Unless you actually scare the crap out of me sneaking up on me like that….then I might faux-karate chop my sweet little friend and break all the goodness into teeny-tiny pieces…then I would feel real bad while eating said tiny pieces.) XO.

    March 13, 2012
    • Giggling right now as I stuff 5 of them in an envelope for you Kelly πŸ™‚ Also trying to find my scariest mask too…

      March 13, 2012
  26. oh man, i used to love andes mints! i totally forgot about them, too! these look delicious. by the way, when you come over, can you surprise me with gold coins from a leprechaun and read me the note he left me? πŸ˜‰ you are adorable!

    March 13, 2012
    • I tip toe to your house and slide the envelope under your door, absolutely πŸ™‚ hehehe

      March 13, 2012
  27. These look great Cara – bet they taste lovely too!

    http://www.fattyhunter.wordpress.com

    March 13, 2012
    • If you like Andes Mints, they taste just like them–heavenly! Thanks, Christina πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2012
  28. wow love the look of these! i am actually not a big fan of mint chocolate but i love all other green foods. and the colour! πŸ™‚ i just sampled a 90% chocolate bar that looked similar to this one but had a RED Goji berry filling! so tasty!

    March 13, 2012
    • 90% chocolate? That sounds so super rich and decadent!! And goji berry filling? My bf will flip–that sounds like HIS kind of chocolate! Where did you get it, Alexia? Now I must know so I can taste it myself πŸ™‚

      March 13, 2012

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