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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!

Aimee

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Comments & Reviews

  1. I love the recipe! These little delights are a wonderful idea! What is the calorie intake and nutritional info?

    Please answer me!

    1. Hi Rachael, I have no idea the calories and nutritional info…I just know everything in moderation! I’m sure you can plug it into a program though…

  2. Peppermint patties are among my favorite candies. I look forward to trying this recipe. Making them into footballs is such a cute idea!

  3. Hi there,
    I am from Australia and just wanted to know if you can purchase marshmallow cream and Candyquik ( I have no idea what that is) here in Australia or something similar.
    Thanks

  4. Can’t wait to make these! Do these have to stay refrigerated though? And how long do they last? (If they’re not eaten immediately that is! 😀

  5. Looks yummy! I’d love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects party! http://www.atkinsondrive.com/pinworthy-projects-link-party-12/

  6. Quick question. Your instructions are to refrigerate 3 hours or overnight and then it says to dip FROZEN patters in chocolate. Are they really from freezer or just refrigerator? Making for a baby shower! The dad is all about football and these are adorable! My daughters favorite candy growing up were pappermint patties so I think she will be pleased! Thanks

    1. Sorry I just updated the recipe! I used to refrigerate and then dip them. But I found freezing them for 2 hours works best. The chocolate coating hardens quicker and the patty (or football) stays in shape!! ENJOY!

  7. Having a hard time setting up my own page so I can like and save. i just can’t figure it out I keep trying . Instead of having to go to each recipe and download it . why can’t I just save it to a folder or my own page errrg. please. help

  8. Oooo, these look delicious! I’m thinking that I’ll have to try using melted semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of the candy coating since I haven’t been able to find peanut-free candy coating so far.

  9. I was considering making easter eggs from them…bet it would beat cadbury’s candy eggs. Using vanilla candiquick on the outside as well..and use festive pastel colors to decorate an egg shapped patty. Something to ponder..

  10. I love these! Was just wondering if I could substitute raspberry extract for the peppermint. I was going to make a batch of each for those that don’t care for peppermint.

  11. My ex used to make the white cream center at York Peppermint Company where they originated in York, Pa. before they were bought out by Hershey Company and moved to Mexico. He came home smelling like peppermint! lol

  12. Of all the candies- peppermint patties are my favorite- how didn’t I know until now that they are so easy to make- and those footballs are to die for cute. I will bookmark them for football season!!

  13. Oh, WOW, Yum. Seriously, York Peppermint Patties are the only candy bar I cannot pass up. And now I can make my own. Maybe that isn’t a good thing because I’m the only one in my family that like chocolate with mint, but I’m going to make them anyway. Thanks for sharing. I found you at the What’s Cookin’ Wednesday link party. Have a great day.

    1. You should totally do it!! Although, dark chocolate would be more authentic for the peppermint patties (I just didn’t want the footballs to be too dark 🙂

  14. HI, I always see your pins on Pinterest because we share a group board 🙂 Love your stuff, and hope to satisfy my sweet tooth here often! I’ve temporarily (stress on temporarily) cut back on refined sugar, but that doesn’t mean I will not indulge again one day or get my daily does of inspiration from here 🙂 After all, I’m a sweets kind of girl 😉

  15. Totally love these as little footballs – almost too cute to eat!!
    I’d love for you to come over and share at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party
    http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-3/

  16. OMG I don’t even like Peppermint Patties and I want to eat these. They are adorable! I’m so sorry you can’t enjoy the Superbowl; though really all your missing is a bunch of yelling at the TV. 😉 At least in my house anyways. Oh and maybe some chili, but you could have that any old time.

    Have a nice weekend!

  17. They’re so cute! I love that they’re not that difficult to make. 🙂

    I don’t like football but scheduling a swim meet on Super Bowl Sunday? Wow…

    1. I’m not sure, to be honest. You would need to melt them down, but once melted they aren’t the exact consistency of marshmallow cream. Maybe add some corn syrup? Let me know what you try!!

  18. Heya, I found you via Tidy Mom. These are too cute! I love the footballs! My boyfriend made a vegan version of peppermint patties for me with confectioners sugar, brown rice syrup, and semi-sweet dark chocolate chips. Homemade candy is the best!

  19. That’s just wrong! Don’t the dads want to watch the game? Or do they stick the moms with meet duty? LOVE the peppermint patty footballs. OMG so cute!

    1. Definitely more mom’s will be there Sunday than dads. And the dad’s will be sitting in the gym with their mobile devices and laptops, haha!!!

  20. I make these all the time and everyone loves them. I make mine with condensed milk and pepermint oil. I also use the wilton pepermint flavored candy melts. i am interested to try this recipe to see how different it tastes.

  21. pinch me. 🙂 I must be dreaming. You jsut made my very favorite chocolate candy at home Aimee!! I am LOVING this and can’t wait to try them out for myself. I seriously LOVE peppermint patties and the footballs? How incredibly adorable!

    1. Thanks Sally! I hope you try them and let me know how they compare to a York! I think it’s pretty close, except maybe dipping them in dark chocolate instead of chocolate coating!

  22. These look fantastic! Can’t wait to try them. Lucky you going to a swim meet, my daughter swam for 10 years. I miss it. 🙁

    1. I think one day I may look back and say I miss it too. We have all made some great friendships through swimming!

  23. Oh em gee, Aimee! These patties are super cute! The boys would LOVE these for game day on Sunday. Maybe I’ll dip the footballs in red and gold chocolate for the niners 🙂

  24. You have no idea how happy I am to see this (and that I have all the ingredients needed)! This is my husband’s favorite candy and he will be thrilled when I surprised him tomorrow afternoon with them! Thank you!

  25. Saw this this morning, and they looked so good I just had to make them! Just enjoyed a couple, and the kids and hubby approve too! Now I just need to “hide” the rest so I don’t eat them all tonight! =)

    1. Dang girl you are quick! So glad you are enjoying them, thanks for stopping back over here and letting me know, Glory!

  26. I do love peppermint patties! Those football shaped ones are simply adorable!!! At least you will have your iPad to keep you company and up to date on the score at the swim meet 🙂

  27. I love these! Peppermint Patties are one of my favorite candies. I am making something with peppermint this weekend, but now I want to just make these!

  28. They look phenomenal and so beautiful! You have the steadiest hands to work with these little things! Such a great job on these!

    1. Thanks Averie. I can keep my hand steady for something small like this. But ask me to do a wedding cake and I’m out of my element. Totally not my deal!!

  29. These are adorable! I just had a peppermint patty for lunch today and would love to start making these on my own. Thank you for the recipe and inspiration!

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