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Nov 29, 2013
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Beyond Candy Canes: Peppermint Stars in Mousse, Chocolates, Tea, Even a 'Spiked' Milkshake

Beyond Candy Canes: Peppermint Stars in Mousse, Chocolates, Tea, Even a 'Spiked' Milkshake

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The thermometer’s dropping with winter setting in, and as it does the equally cool flavor of peppermint makes its way into holiday treats. Those red candy stripes turn up everywhere this time of year, reminding us of winter festivity.  

Cuties Pies in Thomaston (860/484-4838) makes a white-chocolate peppermint cake infused with peppermint oil and filled with white chocolate mousse. Buttercream frosting is cheerfully topped with a candy cane and pieces of peppermint bark. If you’d prefer, try it as a cupcake.

Or how about some peppermint stick ice cream (it’s not just for summer!) from The Big Dipper in Prospect (203/758-3200)? Put your favorite toppings on it (my personal favorite is cookie crumbs).

If you’d prefer something hot to fight off the December cold, head to Port Coffeehouse in Bridgeport (203/345-8885) for a cup of Pu-erh vanilla mint tea. This blend of flavors is made with chopped vanilla beans and ground cinnamon, balanced by the refreshing coolness of peppermint.

For a classic wintertime confection, go for the peppermint bark from Chocolate Rain Shop in Norwalk (203/956-6000). It comes in milk, white and dark chocolate, and the candy’s made with organic peppermint oil. You’ll also want to try their delicious peppermint French macarons filled with chocolate-peppermint ganache.

Rachel’s Cookies & Treats in Southington (860/877-3707) makes a mint-chocolate cookie to celebrate the holiday season. Chocolate cookies baked with pure peppermint extract are studded with enough chocolate chips to satisfy any chocolate craving.

For an adult spin on a childhood favorite, head for Dish n’ Dat in Canton (860/693-4927) for a spiked milkshake. The “Thin Mint” is made with vanilla ice cream and Oreos. Bailey’s and crème de menthe add that extra touch that makes even a frozen drink a little warmer.

If you’d rather have your spiked drink hot, warm yourself to the core with a mug of peppermint stick coffee from 85 Main in Putnam (860/928-1660), made with crème de cacao and peppermint schnapps.
 

 

Beyond Candy Canes: Peppermint Stars in Mousse, Chocolates, Tea, Even a 'Spiked' Milkshake

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