Whether you grow your own chocolate mint herb, or buy fresh sprigs from the farmers market, welcome spring in with these easy breezy recipe ideas. If you’re not familiar with the herb, yes it really smells like chocolate mint. A lot like those yummy Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies too.
Try these recipes using my hands down, chocoholics delight, and favorite herb ever:
Rachael Ray’s Chocolate Mint Parfaits
Rach’s recipe from her “30 Minute Meals” series lists “4 sprigs fresh mint” for garnish (like she really counts, ha!). Change it up to “4 sprigs of fresh chocolate mint” and it still only takes 10 minutes to make this delish, layered ice-cream desert.
Flying Dog Ales Mint Chocolate Stout
This Colorado based brewery now includes a Mint Chocolate Stout in its line of Brewhouse Rarities. Ok, so home-brewing beer may not seem so easy, but for those who already do – take inspiration. Adding chocolate mint flavor ingredients post-fermentation, like the brewery does, is fairly simple to do. The brewery
“threw in a few sprigs of Chocolate Mint, for good measure“
from the staff’s herb garden. Or, just pick up a six-pack of the “easy-drinking, desert beer” from your local store to go with the Rachel Ray parfaits.
Chocolate Mint Salsa
Grilled lamb chops aren’t my thing, but this recipe calls for spooning homemade salsa, made with chopped chocolate mint leaves, on top. I plan to try it for an easy-to-make salsa dip for nachos.
Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Smoothie
Try this 5-minute smoothie recipe that uses “¼ cup fresh mint leaves” for a healthy and cool spring treat. I whip up milkshakes at home with squirt of chocolate syrup, a little milk for spoon-able thickness, and two scoops of chocolate mint chip ice cream in a throwback from my ice-cream shop job school days. Add a few chopped, fresh chocolate mint leaves with whipped cream to top it off.
For the healthy, organically, and not-so-easy to do inclined, this organic, chocolate mint ice cream recipe uses 3 ½ cups of fresh organic chocolate mint. If you tried planting a chocolate mint herb in the ground and it sprawled all around, this recipe is one way to use up the overload!
Have fun making use of the coolest herb of all time in my book.
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