National Peppermint Patty Day is February 11
National Peppermint Patty Day is February 11th
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day – is also February 11th – good to know!
Ohh when I eat a York peppermint patty, I feel cool and fresh like a minted daisy! – Well, I do! Don’t ask why – and no, I am not now standing on top of my desk yelling this out to the world. Hey remember those commercials?
I did recently see a newer commercial for the York Peppermint Patties and was frankly 1) glad they are making commercials again since we haven’t seen many in some time and 2) was disappointed in that they had changed the style of their commercials, we all loved to smile in watching some experience their York Peppermint Patty moment. There were no ‘when I eat a York Peppermint Patty’ moments in these new commercials…but that leads us to creating our very own patties…let’s get minted!
Making your own peppermint patties is easy:
- 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons shortening
- In a large mixing bowl, combine condensed milk and peppermint extract. Beat in enough confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, to form a stiff dough that is no longer sticky. Form into 1 inch balls, then place on waxed paper and flatten with fingers to form patties. Let patties dry at room temperature two hours, turning once.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate with shortening, stirring often. Remove from heat. Dip patties, one at a time, into chocolate by laying them on the tines of a fork and lowering the fork into the liquid. Let cool on waxed paper until set.
Tips: Try using different cookie cutters like Erincooks.com did by using those little heart shaped cookie cutters or using your other favorite cookie cutter shapes.
Also on this day in history for February 11th:
1752 The first hospital in America opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1785 The Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture was founded. It is the oldest active agricultural organization in the U.S.
1802 Lydia Maria Francis Child was born. An American abolitionist and author of novels and children’s books. She also wrote books of advice for women including ‘The Frugal Housewife’ (1829).
1847 Thomas Alva Edison was born. Chefs use his inventions everyday, including light and music to work by. (sounds like a person I would like to have over for one of my Dinner n Jams!)
1926 Paul Bocuse, French chef, was born at Collonges-au-Mont-d’Or, France. He is known as one of the founders of ‘nouvelle cuisine’. (ok, he’s invited too!)(as long as he prepares lamb and escargot)
1963 Julia Child’s ‘The French Chef’ premiered on TV. (need I say anything but brava!?)
1977 The heaviest lobster known was caught off Nova Scotia, weighing in at 44 lb 6 oz (20.14 kg). (since a 1 pound lobster is roughly 7 years old – this makes this 44 pound lobster a whopping 308 years old – yes you read that correctly – Three hundrend and 8 years old)
1979 Singer and actress Brandy was born (Brandy Norwood).
1994 Use of the genetically engineered growth hormone for cows, rBGH begins. Controversy abounds.
2009 India’s largest Hindu nationalist group announced they are developing a soft drink called ‘Gau Jal’ made from cow urine and flavored with herbs. After testing it should be ready for sale within a few months. In India cow urine is believed by many to have healing properties. (wow, I think this is one I am going to have to miss – and I don’t even know why…hmmm)
Chow Ciao for Now ~Chef Maven