If your family's idea of "going green" involves hefty hunks of pastel-sage ice cream speckled with delectable little chips, Feb. 19 is your day! The made-for-each-other merger gets its due on National Chocolate Mint Day. So why not indulge your sweet tooth a tad?
Whether it's a tantalizing scoop or two (visit one of your friendly southeast Michigan ice cream shops!) or something you whip up at home, this Sunday is a perfect excuse to snap up this always-delish dessert. Here are a few recipes that have Crumbs lickin' our collective chops!
Baking? Forget it with these tasty morsels. Essentially mint-flavored Nanaimo cookie bars, this Joy of Cooking how-to mixes up textures with a crumb base, layer of butter cream – and the "crowning glory is a smooth and glossy layer of semi-sweet chocolate." Drool!
If you can't wait for McDonald's annual St. Patrick's Day delight, make your own, consarn it. This eHow recipe shows you how ridiculously easy it is with a blender, milk and ice cream. Bonus: If you use mint chocolate chip ice cream, you can skip that green food dye!
This is totally what I'd give a Ninja Turtle for dessert. These wicked cool-looking cookies use a touch of green food coloring to make the classic snack turn green with envy. But there's more than meets the eye: This prize-winning Betty Crocker recipe packs extra munch-punch with creme de menthe baking chips!
Here's another fun loving "rip-off" spin on a blue-moon marvel. When you can't get your hands on the Girl Scout Cookies fave, replicate it in your own kitchen. We adore the Dine & Dish blog's cupcake-casing presentation of these wee cake balls. It uses a cake recipe from I Am Baker – which means you can also easily transform these babies into bonafide cupcakes (green frosting and Jimmies, anyone?).
A swirly pattern lends this tasty treat mesmerizing appeal. This one gets mega points for simplicity, too: All you need are some dark chocolate and mint morsels, chopped almonds (or crumbled pretzel pieces) – and an oven to bake up your "bark." As Wayne's World's Garth might say: Woof!