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York peppermint patty baking pieces

I saw these in the store and had to try the brownies recipe on the back w/ them. I made some adjustments (substituted half of the white with brown sugar, changed the technique some) and covered it in the end w/ a minty chocolate ganache, sprinkled nuts on top. These were great--people said they couldn't stop eating them. They're perfect for the season. I can't wait to try them out on other things. FWIW, I don't normally like York pepperming patties because they have too much mint to chocolate ratio, but when they're small like chocolate chips, they're perfect.

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  1. My mom does this too. I was at first too scared to eat it as I too think the mint ratio is out of whack. It tastes really good though: like thin mints in brownie form. Though for ease my mom usually uses store bought mix.

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    1. re: digkv

      Sorry, I didn't make it clear. These aren't the regular York peppermint patties but they're minis made for baking. They're maybe 1/4" in diameter that you buy in bags like chocolate chip bags. That's exactly what they taste like, though, thin mints in brownie form.

      1. re: chowser

        Oh, those do sound good. I would usually just quarter those halloween candy sized ones but the minis sound like they'll be nice. Have you tried Trader Joe's Peppermint Joe Joe's yet? They are similar in taste: basically an oreo with candy cane bits in it but they are addicting.

        1. re: digkv

          Yes! :-) They had the samples in the store and we had to buy a box. They are really good. I'm starting to think of ways to use them for Christmas desserts, maybe as a crust.

          1. re: chowser

            I LOVE them! I have the package sitting on my couch!! Delicious!

            1. re: chowser

              "Oreo Truffles" with Candy Cane Joe Joe's are a hit around here. One box of JoeJoes in a food processor, mixed with 8oz cream cheese. Roll into balls and dip in chocolate candy coating. Crush up a few candy canes to sprinkle on top.

              (You only bought one box??)

              1. re: momjamin

                Per suggestions here, I stocked up (three boxes) during last week's monthly trip to TJs (about an hour away from home). I can't wait to try the truffles! Great idea!

      2. they aren't "filled" are they, just solid chips?

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        1. re: alkapal

          They are filled. They look like tiny little York peppermint patties.

          1. re: chowser

            oh gooooodness alive! i am so THERE!

            1. re: alkapal

              Wow, good to know. Thanks, chowser.

              Since having them on vacation, I made pancakes with chopped choc. chips (didn't have minis) for hubby.

              Since he loves mint and chocolate, I bet these mini chips will taste good in the pancakes.

              1. re: dolores

                Sounds good! I think there could be a lot of good uses for them. I'm not even a big mint person but I really like these. I'm thinking I can use these and those mint Trader JoJo's and do something fun for Christmas dessert.

                1. re: chowser

                  Where are you finding the York pepperment chips? And what area of the grocery store...with the chocolate chips or with the candy?

                  1. re: Joni

                    In the baking section but they also had a section at the end of the aisle with a "NEW" sign on top. That's what caught my eye. The bag looks like this (page down):


                    1. re: chowser

                      chowser, they are the "mini" york patties, right?

                      also, have you tried HERSHEY'S Premier Baking Pieces SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips and Macadamia Nuts?

                      1. re: alkapal

                        Yes, they're mini york patties. I described them as being like "chips" because you use them as such but they're like hockey pucks (hmmm, might be fun to use on a hockey themed cake). I haven't seen half the things on that list and would love to try. But, my daughter is allergic to macadamia nuts so, though I'd love to try it and can think of many uses for something like that, I can't. Though, I'm wondering how that would be different from using good dark chocolate and macadamia nuts?

        2. Whoo boy. I'm a Peppermint Patty freak!! Thanks for the head's up on this one!! I might have to make those brownies to bring for Christmas!

          1. i have looked high and low here in arlington, va for these mini yorks.....cannot find them! i just emailed hershey's to inquire (finally!!!). will let you know what they say.

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            1. re: alkapal

              I have looked throughout Rhode Island, as has my mom -- no luck. I guess we could just chop up some bigger ones, but I was attached to the idea of the minis :)

              1. re: foxy fairy

                I've read that people use chopped bigger ones but the ratio of chocolate to mint is so much greater in the minis and I don't want that much mint.

              2. re: alkapal

                Disappointingly, they've disappeared! I bought them at the commissary and can't find them anywhere now. Someone told me to try Giant because she saw them there.

                1. re: chowser

                  Figures. I can't find them in Westchester, NY, either.


              3. Good to know. I got the Andes mint pieces and am going to add them to my brownie mix cookie recipe (http://theprincey.blogspot.com/). I'm wondering whether to add peppermint flavor to the cookie batter or not ...

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                1. re: Fuser

                  I wouldn't. It's very minty with just the additional candy. I did add a tiny bit of mint extract to the ganache coating on top but you could barely taste it.

                2. On the west coast, Von's in SoCal is carrying them. Probably larger Safeways in NorCal too. They are good.

                  Also tried the Andes red&white "chips" which are portrayed as squares of red colored white choc sandwiched between white in 3/8" size, with a cute striped effect. Unfortunately what you actually get is brokern pieces w/o the stripes. Sort of a muddy pink color. Not visually as pleasing as the package shows, but very good flavor, none the less.

                  If these are not available, contact your store manager and put the pressure on. These should sell well for the Valentine's Day baking season coming up. I don't know if grocers realize how much baking and candy making goes on then. They are too exhausted from having built goal posts out of cases of beer for Superbowl.

                  If these baking specialties are not available in your larger local chain stores, email the makers and let them know you'd like them on the shelves in such-and-such a store. CC to store mgr, and division manager if you can get an address out of corporate.

                  (I'm waging a one-woman campaign to get India Tree sparkling sugar on the shelves of my local independant chain of 5 stores. They're "thinking about it" but I figure they won't know I want it if I don't tell them.)

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                  1. re: toodie jane

                    toodie jane: LOL at "too exhausted from having built goal posts out of cases of beer for Superbowl." btw, re sour cream pound cake, i have not forgotten!

                    what neat thing is "India Tree" sparkling sugar?

                    1. re: alkapal

                      India Tree brand decoratives and sugars. I use the sparkling (large crystals) sugar often. http://www.indiatree.com/products/dec...

                      I can find a pretty good selection at a grocery an hour away. Cost Plus used to carry the large (cheaper) containers. Michael's carries Wilton's brand.

                      Most regular groceries haven't caught on to the home scratch-baking phenom yet. They think everybody wants box mixes. That's why I think we should be needling the store managers for what we want. I suppose it all comes down to shelf space, and the big guys like P-G and BC are willing to pay for it, I'm sure.

                      1. re: toodie jane

                        thanks. some neat decorating ideas there, too.