Did you know that Peppermint was first used in ancient Egyptian times? Peppermint, which was first harvested in 17th century England, is a cross between spearmint and water mint. There are over 25 types of mint and 75% of it is grown in the United States! The most important part of a peppermint leaf is its oil content. The leaf is picked at a precise time of day during the summer months, when its oil content is the highest.
Commonly used for indigestion, peppermint has other beneficial properties as well. It can be used to help ease headaches, relieve stress, help your respiratory system during a cold, and aid in dental care. Peppermint also has many nutritional benefits! It has Vitamins A and C, magnesium, iron and potassium....go peppermint! With Spring and Saint Patrick's Day right around the corner, let's take a look at our favorite green minty delights:
Mint Ice Cream:
Homemade ice cream is already hard to resist. But when you add a splash of mint, it becomes out of this world! If you want to turn up your ice cream a notch, try this recipe for mint chocolate chip ice cream shakes!
Chocolate Mint Fondue:
If you love chocolate as much as we do, then you'll love dipping your favorite fruits and treats into this minty fondue! Some of our favorites are pretzels and Oreo cookies.
White Chocolate Mint Mousse:
This dessert has your name written all over it! Sweet white chocolate is folded with refreshing mint, delicious! All that’s left to do is enjoy.
Creme De Mint Bars:
Sink your teeth into these treats with a minty twist! Layers of brownies, Crème De Mint icing, and melted chocolate take this dessert to a whole other level!
Mint Cake Delight:
Devil’s Food cake meets minty whipped cream for an irresistible delight! Cool, cut into squares, and they are ready to serve.
Mint Patties Candies:
All you need is four ingredients and you have yourself a minty candy that everyone will enjoy! Combine cream cheese, peppermint attract and powdered sugar. Once mixed, rolled into balls and chilled in the refrigerated, they are ready to be dipped in chocolate and devoured!
Chocolate Mint Julep Cookies:
Andes Mint Candies make decadent cookies, not to mention that it’s topped with Bourbon fudge! You are going to have to make a second batch of these cookies, trust us!
If you are ready for warm weather raise your hands! Start spring off on the right foot with these delicious minty recipes that are sure to please any crowd.