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Homemade Peppermint Patties

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!

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

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?

Homemade Peppermint Patties shaped like footballs.

Peppermint Patty

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 salsa, Reese’s Dip and more!

And these little football truffles? Yeah, they’re almost gone too!

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!

What You’ll Need

{Recipe at a glance; scroll down for full ingredient amounts and recipe instructions}

  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Peppermint extract
  • 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

Want more candy ideas? Check out my Fudge, Truffles and candy board on Pinterest. You’ll also love these Homemade Twix Bars!

Want more football snack and treat ideas? Check out my GAME DAY Pinterest board

Yield: 5 dozen

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Prep Time 1 hour
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (7oz) marshmallow cream (Fluff)
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 5 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 pkg (16oz) Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers
  • 8 oz Ghirardelli white chocolate melting wafers, optional for footballs

Instructions

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Store at room temperature in a covered container!
  5. 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!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

60

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Recipe originally published January 31, 2013. Photos updated 2020.

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!

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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