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Peppermint Extract

calla0413 Dec 18, 2007 10:53 AM

In my quest to try to make some new holiday goodies among the many is peppermint bark. The ingredients call for peppermint extract. Where can I find such an item? I've checked the usual suspects and came up empty handed. Also, a place where I can buy bulk white chocolate would be nice as well.

Thanks Hounders!

  1. SnackHappy Dec 18, 2007 11:21 AM

    You can find bulk white chocolate at Distribution Alimentaire Aubut on St-Ambroise near the Atwater market.

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    1. re: SnackHappy
      calla0413 Dec 18, 2007 09:03 PM

      Thanks! I'll be in the area tomorrow. :)

    2. cherylmtl Dec 18, 2007 11:33 AM

      I found peppermint extract at King Arthur flour. You can order online from them. I would assume there's a local source for it somewhere, but I don't know of it.

      1. kpzoo Dec 18, 2007 12:22 PM

        Try calling Anatol Spice for the extract. They may also have white chocolate in bulk, but I'm not sure about that one.

        6822 St. Laurent - 514-276-0107

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          calla0413 Dec 18, 2007 09:03 PM

          Thanks!

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            Campofiorin Dec 19, 2007 05:41 AM

            All I could find at Anatol last weekend was mint extract. However, I saw Peppermint extract (Club House) at my local Métro.

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          MsYoohoo Dec 18, 2007 04:11 PM

          I make peppermint bark (I actually made some yesterday) and I don't use extract I use crushed candycanes. Just my 2 cents.

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            calla0413 Dec 18, 2007 09:04 PM

            The recipe I came across uses both crushed candy canes and peppermint extract. I'm looking forward how it turns out.

          2. eoj Dec 18, 2007 06:17 PM

            I have some mint extract from the baking aisle at the grocery store... I wasn't aware that this was difficult to find.

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              calla0413 Dec 18, 2007 09:06 PM

              I live near CDN and all the grocery stores near me carry cinnamon extract, almond extract, imitation vanilla extract and lemon extract. These are all I could find. The only place I didn't get a chance to check was the Exofruit. If I don't find it at the place that Snack Happy recommended then, I'll check out Exofruit.

              1. re: calla0413
                SnackHappy Dec 19, 2007 04:46 AM

                I would also check out health food stores. Peppermint oil can be used instead of extract.

                Cook's Thesaurus suggest you use 1/4 the amount of oil as you would use of extract.

                http://www.foodsubs.com/Extracts.html

                1. re: SnackHappy
                  calla0413 Dec 19, 2007 08:46 PM

                  Just thought I would share this info here: I found peppermint oil (NOT extract) at one of the underground stores near metro Peel called Ambrosia. Ambrosia is an all natural homeopathic kind of store.

                  After some researching, peppermint extract not only seizes up the chocolate but, it is also not the same pepperminty taste. Peppermint oil is a clearer, purer peppermint-y flavor. (Believe it or not - I can totally understand this.) So, the ratio is 1:4 (oil vs. extract).

                  Peppermint oil is great for making mint water and peppermint flavored toothpicks. I could never understand why the toothpicks were flavored with cinnamon, spearmint or peppermint. I was thinking perhaps for freshening one's breath after eating....nah, it was the homeopathic attributes. The mints soothes the belly after meal.

                  Yep, I learn something new everyday here on chowhound. :)

                  Thanks for all the help!

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