So have you ever been on Pinterest before? If not you should definitely check it out. Not too long ago I discovered the joys of this amazing website, and since then I have been browsing around for new recipes that I want to try. At the moment I have a list of about fifteen new concoctions, but the one I am most excited about is a recipe for homemade peppermint patties! They are relatively easy to make, and the best part is by simply substituting the milk chocolate that the recipe calls for with chocolate flavored almond bark it is pretty low in phe. In my opinion (and the opinions all of my siblings–PKU and non PKU alike) it tastes just like a store bought York Peppermint Patty.
Here is the recipe. Give it a try if you have the chance.
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup (I used dark corn syrup, and they still turned out fine)
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
8 ounces/4 squares chocolate almond bark (I used Ambrosia brand to calculate the phe)
Mix together the corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, and vegetable shortening in a medium sized bowl. Add the confectioners’ sugar slowly (1/4 cup at a time). When the confectioners’ sugar is completely blended, dust a work surface with remaining more confectioners’ sugar. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
Using a rolling pin dusted in confectioners’ sugar, roll the dough out so that it is 1/4 to 1/8 inch. Use a small cookie cutter to cut the dough, and place the pieces on a wax paper/aluminum foil. Place the cut dough in the freeze for approximately 15 minutes so that they can get firm.
Shortly before the dough is done freezing, melt the chocolate almond bark in a microwave safe bowl in 15-20 second intervals. If the almond bark is too thick you can add 3-5 teaspoons of vegetable shortening. Do NOT use water. It will not work.
Dip them into melted almond bark. Use a fork to take them out of the almond bark, allow excess almond bark to drip off, and place back on the wax paper/aluminum foil. Put the peppermint patties back in the freeze for a few minutes to allow them to harder, and enjoy J
Approximately 200 mg of phe/recipe–it made about 24 patties, so I am assuming it is about 8 mg phe/patty (about a third of what a store bought York Peppermint Patty has).
To lower the phe you can do 6 ounces chocolate almond bark and 2 ounces white almond bark (161 mg phe/recipe) or 4 ounces chocolate almond bark and 4 ounces white almond bark (122 mg phe/recipe). Your other option is to use only white almond bark. This will bring the recipe down to a whooping 44 mg of phe!!! You can also add sprinkles for decoration (orange/black for Halloween, red/blue for 4th of July, red/green for Christmas etc).