Homemade Peppermint Patties

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Peppermint filling wrapped in sweet chocolate; this Peppermint Patty recipe is easier than you ever realized. Skip the store bought candies and make your own! Shape them like footballs for a game day treat!

If you love making homemade candy, be sure to whip up a batch of easy homemade peanut butter cups! Or give this delicious Fannie May fudge recipe a try soon.

White bowl filled with homemade Peppermint Patties. One broken in half on top of pile so you can see filling.

Why this Recipe Works

I love homemade candy. It has a reputation for being fussy, I know.

Lots of candy recipes call for things like candy thermometers and boiling sugar and all kinds of steps that seem likely to result in a messy kitchen and stressed out mom. 

Not this candy recipe! 

Has it ever occurred to you to make homemade peppermint patties?

Of course, I guess it wasn’t enough for me to make a copycat Peppermint Patty. I had to make them in the shape of footballs too!

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! I’m not the biggest football fan but I love parties and I love SNACKS so I’m usually pretty excited for that ultimate snack food Sunday every year.

I’ve been creating treats and snacks ALL WEEK. I’ve enjoyed my fair share of guacamole, chips and pineapple salsa, Reese’s Dip and more!

Blue striped napkin with white bowl piled high with peppermint patties.

This homemade candy is easy to make, tastes delicious and looks so impressive on a tray of snacks and treats. 

The inside of these candies are so soft and whipped. I would say the exact texture of a peppermint patty! The outside chocolate shell held up perfectly to the cool soft inside.

They’re surprisingly easy too!

Homemade Peppermint Patties shaped like footballs.

Ingredient Notes

  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Butter- unsalted butter is best
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Peppermint extract- don’t accidentally use mint
  • Powdered sugar
  • Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate melting wafers
  • Ghirardelli White Chocolate melting wafers- optional for footballs

PRO TIP: be sure to use PEPPERMINT extract, not MINT extract. The mint is a spearmint flavor!

How to make homemade peppermint patties

Step by step photos to make the peppermint patty filling.

STEP 1. Make the filling

In a large mixing bowl, beat marshmallow cream, butter, vanilla extract and peppermint extract until fully combined. Add in powdered sugar and mix on medium speed until well blended (may take a couple minutes for it to come together).

STEP 2. Make into patties 

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using about 1 Tbsp of filling, shape into a ball, then flatten it into a circle (about 1/3 inch thick). Continue until all filling is used. Cover with saran wrap and freeze for about 2 hours or up to overnight.

Step by step photos to show how to dip peppermint patty into chocolate.

STEP 3. Dip in chocolate coating

Melt a package of Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate wafers (or other chocolate candy coating) according to package directions.

Using a toothpick, dip frozen peppermints into the chocolate. Tap until all the excess has dripped off and place back on the parchment paper. Repeat until all peppermints have been coated.

These should be set within minutes, because you are doing them while still cold.

Store at room temperature in a covered container!

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How to Make Football Candies

STEP 1. Make the filling as directed. Shape the filling into balls using a  measuring spoon and pinch the ends to create a football shape. Place onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and freeze afor at least 2 hours.

STEP 2.  Melt the Ghirardelli dark chocolate  according to package directions. Using a toothpick, dip frozen peppermint “footballs” into the chocolate. Tap until all the excess has dripped off and place back on the parchment paper. Repeat until all peppermints have been coated.

STEP 3. Melt Ghirardelli white chocolate according to package directions. Pour into a small ziploc bag and cut the corner off. Pipe laces onto footballs.

Allow to set at room temperature. Within a few minutes, the candy should be set since you’re adding the coating while the peppermint is still frozen.

White bowl on a blue striped napkin filled with homemade peppermint patties.

How to store homemade candy

These candy coated peppermints will stay set if stored covered in a cool place. If you live in a warm place, you may want to keep these in the fridge to avoid the chocolate melting.

Do you like frozen peppermint patties? Keep these treats in the freezer for an extra cool mint delight. I find it takes me longer to eat a candy when it’s frozen. . . a handy trick if you want to avoid eating every peppermint patty in one day.

More Candy Recipes

You’ll also love these Homemade Twix Bars and our Honey Bun Cake!

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

4.78 from 9 votes
By: Aimee
Peppermint filling wrapped in sweet chocolate; this Peppermint Patty recipe is easier than you ever realized. Skip the store bought candies and make your own! Shape them like footballs for a game day treat!
Prep Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 5 dozen

Ingredients 

  • 1 jar marshmallow cream (Fluff) 7 ounce
  • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 5 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 package Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers 16 ounce
  • 8 ounce Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers optional for footballs
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Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat cream, butter, and extracts until fully combined. Add in powdered sugar and mix on medium speed until well blended (may take a couple minutes for it to come together).
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using about 1 Tbsp of filling, shape into a ball, then flatten it for the traditional shape. If wanting to make footballs, shape into a ball and then pinch the ends. Continue until all filling is used. Cover with saran wrap and freeze for about 2 hours (or overnight).
  • Melt Ghirardelli chocolate wafers according to package directions. Using a toothpick, dip frozen peppermints into the chocolate. Tap until all the excess has dripped off and place back on the parchment paper. Repeat until all peppermints have been coated. These should be set within minutes, because you are doing them while still cold.
  • Store at room temperature in a covered container!
  • If making footballs, melt white chocolate according to package directions. Pour into a small ziploc bag and cut the corner off. Pipe laces onto footballs. Sets within minutes! ENJOY!

Notes

  • These candy coated peppermints will stay set if stored covered in a cool place. If you live in a warm place, you may want to keep these in the fridge to avoid the chocolate melting.
  • Do you like frozen peppermint patties? Keep these treats in the freezer for an extra cool mint delight. I find it takes me longer to eat a candy when it’s frozen. . . a handy trick if you want to avoid eating every peppermint patty in one day.

Nutrition

Calories: 94kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 7mg, Sugar: 13g
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
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Peppermint filling wrapped in sweet chocolate; this Peppermint Patty recipe is easier than you ever realized. Skip the store bought candies and make your own! Shape them like footballs for a game day treat!

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Posted on March 26, 2020

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  1. Hi Aimee please help what is marshmallow fluff? I live in South Africa and I love your baking

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