Homemade Andes mints

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It’s the beginning of a wonderful season- a season of great Food! Great dinners, treats, soups, etc… I love baking and the cooler weather lends itself nicely to great food! The beginning? Homemade andes mints (or any other flavor you like!).

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Aren’t they pretty?   And the best part you can do it in any color and flavor.   Start with high quality chocolate and use whatever extra flavoring you’d like and this creates a terrific treat!  Whatever you do DON’T skimp on the quality of the candy melts. I prefer working with Merkens, they taste great and they melt well.  You can use dark or milk chocolate and then make sure your colored melts are the basic vanilla.

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Supplies
Jelly Roll pan
wax paper
10-11 oz chocolate wafers
10-11 oz vanilla candy melts
10-11 oz chocolate wafers
candy oil- peppermint is my go to

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You want to cut the wax paper to fit the length of the pan as well as come up the sides a bit, but you DON’T want them to come up the sides too far of it will fold over and fall into the chocolate.   We don’t want the wax paper moving around so you want to take some of the melted chocolate (see more info on that below) in each corner to hold the wax paper in place.  Make sure your wax paper is pulled tight across, we don’t want any bubbles, bumps or wrinkles in the paper, it will show in the chocolate.

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Melting the Chocolate:  Get 3 oven safe bowls.  Put the chocolate for each layer in a different bowl.  Put them all in the oven on Warm for 20 mins.  Then turn off the oven and pull out the first layer (leave the other two bowls in the oven to keep warm).  Stir it until smooth and add your flavoring.  Make sure you use candy flavoring, it’s oil based and works best with the candy melts.  If you use extracts you’ll be in trouble,  Extracts are water based and water and chocolate don’t mix well.  You can add the same flavor to every layer or mix and match different flavors.  I did one layer in almond and the other two as peppermint.  7 drops seems to be the just right amount for me for each layer.  But you can do more or less depending on what you like.

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Now QUICKLY spread the chocolate into the pan.  You don’t want to overwork the chocolate so I start on the outer edges working in a circle then spreading into the center.

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The reason you want to work quickly is because you want the chocolate to still be warm when you done.  BECAUSE we want to smooth it out.  To do this I grab the side and shake/knock it on the table.  After a bit of shaking/knocking the chocolate will smooth itself out and go from that mess up there to this smooth beauty down here.

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The key to the next layer is to know when to pour it on!  If you pour to soon you’ll risk mixing the layers together, they’ll still taste great, but not be as pretty.  AND if you wait too long the layers won’t stick together!   Luckily it’s actually really easy.  Just go wash out bowl (easier to keep clean while cooking, right) and when you get back you’ll notice that your layer is going from glossy to matte!

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When the whole layer is matte you’l know it’s time!  Grab your colored candy melts out of the oven, add your oils (7 drops)  and stir it together!

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spread it over the chocolate layer…

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Shake/knock it smooth and let it cool until it’s also matte!

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And the last layer, now no pressure but this is the top, the one that’s actually SEEN  So you want it to be the prettiest so work fast, spread and shake keep it smooth!

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Now the key to cutting it is the same as spreading the next layer!   If you go to soon you mix your layers, if you wait too long you’ll shatter it!  So once it’s matte take your Sharp knife and cut away!  I like to cute the rounded edges off (and my husband likes to eat those small edges) and then cut the rest into 2 1/4 inch squares!

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Homemade Andes mints- this week’s treat

Homemade Andes mints- this week’s treat

Ingredients

Directions

  • Melting the Chocolate:
  • Get 3 oven safe bowls.
  • Put the chocolate for each layer in three different bowls.
  • Put them all in the oven on Warm for 20 mins.
  • Then turn off the oven and pull out the first layer (leave the other two bowls in the oven to keep warm).
  • Cut the wax paper to fit the length of the pan as well as come up the sides a bit. take some of the melted chocolate in each corner to hold the wax paper in place. Make sure your wax paper is pulled tight across, we don't want any bubbles, bumps or wrinkles in the paper, it will show in the chocolate.
  • Stir the bowl of chocolate until it's smooth and add 7 drops of oil based candy flavoring to the bowl.
  • Now QUICKLY pour the chocolate around the pan. then starting on the outer edges smooth it with your spatula.
  • Then grab the side of the pan and shake/knock it on the table. After a bit of shaking/knocking the chocolate will smooth itself out.
  • The key to the next layer is to know when to pour it on! If you pour to soon you'll risk mixing the layers together, they'll still taste great, but not be as pretty. AND if you wait too long the layers won't stick together!
  • When the whole layer goes from glossy to matte you're read!
  • Grab your colored candy melts out of the oven, add your oils (7 drops) and stir it smooth
  • Then spread it over the chocolate layer, and shake it smooth and let it cool until it's matte
  • Pull out the last bowl, add the 7 drops of oil and stir it smooth.
  • pour it on, spread it out and shake it smooth
  • like spreading if you cut to soon you'll mix your layers, if you wait too long you'll shatter the chocolate! Once it's matte take a Sharp knife and cut it!
  • I like to cute the rounded edges off (and my husband likes to eat those small edges) and then cut the rest into 2 1/4 inch squares
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Comments

    • says

      It’s really quite easy! Not really hard at all. Warm, spread, shake… Repeat. And even if it’s not perfectly smooth you end up cutting them up and it’s hard to tell!

  1. says

    Those look really good, I am totally trying this out. I always called those pans brownie pans, too. I had to call my mother and ask her what a jelly roll pan was the first time I came across it in a recipe.

    • says

      I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one! But I still aways use them for brownies. I’ve never made a jelly roll. I should probably try at some point for fun!

    • says

      It was SUCH a treat for me! I still think of my blog as this tiny thing that nobody but my friends (whom I bribe) to look at! It was so much fun to meet In PERSON someone who “knows” me! I hope you weren’t TOO overwhelmed Sat. Lots of the choices (wordpress or blogger, etsy or not, more of this or that, changing names, domain, etc….) come about naturally as you find your path. Just make sure your having FUN and that’s it’s enjoyable, not one more “chore” in our busy lives and you’ll find the right answers for you!

  2. says

    I know, I know… I will turn in my woman card after this confession – but I don’t like milk chocolate… or dark chocolate… you think white chocolate would work? a nice raspberry filling in the middle??? oh, shoot – all these yummy blog recipes on a day I’m trying to work off my Bloggy Boot Camp overindulgence is maybe not my best plan…

    • says

      No biggie, your not the only one. You don’t have to go with the chocolate flavored ones, you can pick any of the colored (or not colored- white) ones you want and the favors are compltely determined by which oils you use! So white chocolate and raspberry are totally acceptable!

  3. Jessica says

    Oh my! I love mint! I wish I could reach through the screen and take a handful of those. Yummy!

    justenoughstyle.blogspot.com

  4. says

    Woah, those look perfect! I love Andes Candies. Not only do they taste great, but they remind me of my grandpa who always had a stash of them. Thanks for sharing this. I’m definitely adding these to my candy list this year.

    ~ The Speckled Dog

    • says

      well I didn’t! I was introduced to this at a church activity! This woman has been coming every year for 5 years teaching the ladies in my neighborhood! But I do like to mix and match my own flavors…

  5. says

    these look like they came from a fancy chocolate shop. chocolate and mint is my fave combination. your tutorial is great too! found you through tatertots…so glad i did.

  6. says

    I love andies! Ooouuu I just may have to try these. I am bookmarking your ‘recipe’! ;-) Great tutorial and I’ve never melted chocolate like you do….but LOVE that it’s EASY.

    • says

      Real chocolate you have to be careful with, of course, but this way would work great. I also like to use a double broiler, but for these smaller batches the oven works great. PLUS these are chocolate flavored candy melts, not normal chocolate, so they melt well almost anywhere! They would be hard to burn so even you microwave works!

    • says

      My whole family loved them! I try to keep my more “adult” candy for myself, but my kids LOVED them! Next time we’re going to try some fun flavors that the kid’s pick out!

    • says

      I’ve been thinking about this. I know you can give them away in gift boxes, all stacked nicely together, without issues. Since they are candy melts and not pure chocolate I think they would work in a bag just fine!

  7. Ann says

    What size jelly pan did you use and where did you find the candy flavoring? I cant seem to find them anywhere. Thanks

    • says

      Actually I got them from the woman who taught the class at our church. She sells them out of her house. I’ll try to remember to get her number! I need some more supplies anyway! Gygi’s on 300 E in Salt Lake has some, but they only have the pre-flavored colors, NASTY. But you could get the chocolate and whites and dye the white yourself!

    • says

      Yes you TOTALLY need to! When your ready to get out and about again we need to have a GNO so Kara and I can squeeze that sweet baby of yours a bit!

  8. says

    Delicious! I want them NOW! I used to use Guittard Melt N Molds but haven’t stocked up in awhile, so maybe I need to try Merkens. I will NEVER buy Wilton or cheaper brands anymore. For those that mess up, just break it up into chunks and they will still be eaten. My family dives in before ever really paying attention to shapes, designs and colors when I make chocolate.

    • says

      Isn’t that the truth!! You get what you pay for when it comes to chocolates! Totally worth getting the good stuff. You have to cut them while they are still soft if you want squares. If you don’t mind broken ones then shattering it when it’s cool works just as well. Like you said, who really cares about the shape!

  9. Erin says

    I love the recipe. Can you recommend a good place to buy flavor oils. I am in the middle of making cherry chocolate caramel popcorn when I realized that I have never flavored chocolate before. Your recipe answered the how. I just don’t know where I can buy the flavored oils. Thanks.

  10. says

    Found you through Pinterest and I’m SO glad I did. This tutorial looks AWESOME!!! Andes mints are the best and I’m just floored at the idea of making them myself. YAY!!! Thanks so much for sharing. :D

  11. Aaryn says

    Can you please redo this in recipe form? I like to check to see if I have the ingredients first. I dont really like that I would have to read the whole thing to figure out the ingredients. Thanks.

    • says

      10 oz chocolate- melted
      10 oz vanilla melts- any color- melted
      10 oz chocolate- melted
      jelly roll pan
      parchment paper
      candy oil- any flavor you want- 5-7 drops mixed in each layer of chocolate

      cover the bottom of the jelly roll pan with parchment paper. pour it into the jelly roll pan, shake smooth. wait until it get’s dull and pour the next layer, repeat. When the top layer is dull cut the chocolate- if you wait too long it will break instead of cutting smooth!
      pour first

    • says

      Ummm since ours get’s eaten so fast that’s hard to guess ;) they’ll actually stay good for quite some time. since your not adding anything to the chocolate melts but the oil flavors they’ll stay good as long as the chocolate does. a year or more if you don’t let them get to hot or too cold.

  12. amanda G says

    These look so yummy! I’ve recently discovered the Andes holiday peppermint crunch mints. Do you think crushing candy canes into almost dust, then mixing that with the top and bottom layers would cause any problems?

  13. says

    Thanks so much for posting this recipe! We love Andes candies in our house, and we can never seem to get enough. We still may not be able to get enough (are there ever truly enough Andes candies? I think not), we will be able to have them whenever we want! YEAH!

    • says

      YAY! I usually hide half the batch just for myself to save and enjoy (so I don’t feel like I have to race to get enough before the kids and husband eat it all)

  14. Michelle says

    So, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I JUST found these! But I have a question…Do they end up with a strong mint taste like the candies, or mild like the baking chips? (Or does it just depend on how much flavoring you use?) We use the baking chips to add flavor to boxed brownies (make the mix like the box says and sprinkle the chips over the brownies before you put them in the oven). However, we’ve found more mint flavor comes from the candies, chopped up, than the chips. I’m just curious if these would work for our purposes. (Plus, I wouldn’t have to worry about them being pretty…) :)

    • says

      It’s totally up to you. You can control the strength of the flavoring by how many drops of the candy flavor you add! So you could totally make sure they had a nice strong flavor (which I like too) then chop them up for baking! I will say that the chips are made out of different chocolate and made to maintain their shape, where these would totally melt in cookies or brownies in the oven. And NOT maintain their shape

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