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Spring has sprung.

The birds hereabouts are very, very busy nest building.

Lambs and calves are being born.

Pigs are nearing farrowing.

And it is almost St. Valentine’s Day!

Heart shaped mints for your Valentine

Heart shaped mints for your Valentine

Ok, the cynic in me will say just another commercialisation and opportunity for the retail trade etc. to make some money…. but hey why not, they have to live too!

So we had friends coming to dinner at the weekend, and despite all the other pressures of cleaning the house, getting animals fed and watered, and a little bit of nursing! 🙂 I decided to put myself under pressure and revisit the after dinner mints I’d made at Christmas from the December 2011 issue of BBC Good Food.

Let me warn you this is a sticky, sticky job!  And also everytime I make these the telephone rings!  You try answering touch screen phones with your hands covered in sticky mess…… not good!

Besides the mess they are relatively easy to make and are rather good to eat! 🙂

So go on…. get the ingredients together and impress the love of your life!


  • 225 g/8 oz icing sugar
  • 4 – 6 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • red food colouring (optional)
  • Dark chocolate to decorate.

Sift the icing sugar into a large bowl.  Gradually add the condensed milk and the peppermint extract.  The first 4 tablespoons of the condensed milk are definitely needed…. but after that I would recommend adding half a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together.

Add in your food colouring – you can add colouring to all the mixture or do as I did and split it in two and just colour one half.

And here’s the messy bit…. and what are the bets the phone will ring!!!!

Sprinkle lots of icing sugar onto a work surface.  Shape the dough out and press down with the palms of your hands, moving it about quite a bit and adding more icing sugar if needed.  You may find you have to restart this part a couple of times!

When you feel the consistency is right – it should be just like any dough – easy to lift off.  Cut into shapes. As we are thinking St. Valentine’s Day I used heart shapes.

Place on baking parchment in a cold room overnight.

Mints drying out overnight

Next day melt some dark chocolate. Drizzle or dip…. let your imagine take you!

decorated mints

This quantity makes about 50/60 little heart shapes.

Share with your loved ones!  And spread the love!

heart shaped mints

Spread the love with heart shaped mints and rose petals!


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