Peppermint Creams

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Peppermint creams are the perfect addition to any holiday dessert tray. They also make great hostess gifts! Did you receive one, too? You know, that glossy catalog of beautiful, but over-priced kitchen goods? I love to skim through it, writing an imaginary list of things I don’t really need, but would love to have. Around the holidays, this same company pushes their “famous” peppermint creams and peppermint bark.

Peppermint creams in red box.

Sometimes, I think those “irresistible” treats are meant to appeal to those with more money than sense. And how much does one pay for these “exclusive” items? Well, for only $24.95 you can purchase 15 peppermint bark cups, pretty much just like the ones shown here. That’s a total of 12 ounces! But if you really have money to burn, you can by two for $49! (Shipping and handling extra)

peppermint creams.

But why spend an exorbitant amount of money on fancy packaging when you can make them at home for a fraction of the price? The ingredients are simple and they take very little time. (This post was originally published on December 16th, 2015)

peppermint creams on a plate.

Ingredients for peppermint creams

Because the ingredients are simple, quality makes a difference. Instead of “white baking chips”, search for a fine white chocolate like Lindt, Valrhona or Callebaut. I use a small amount of peppermint extract, as it’s a flavor that easily overpowers. Just a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint essence, along with the crushed peppermint candies is just the right amount. Each peppermint cream is topped with semi-sweet or milk chocolate, then dusted with more crushed peppermint. I also prefer a very small candy cup for this reason. These are the best peppermint creams I’ve tasted.

ingredients for peppermint creams.
Peppermint creams on striped box.

How to make peppermint creams

  • Prepare candy cups on a baking tray. While you don’t need a piping bag, it does make it easier to fill the candy cups. 
  • Bring cream to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chopped white chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth.
white chocolate in pan.

  • Stir in peppermint extract and crushed peppermint. It will have the texture of a soft dough.
mixing crushed peppermint.
  • Fill candy cups 2/3 full with white chocolate mixture using a piping bag or small spoon.
piping the peppermint creams.
  • Smooth the tops with a damp finger. Chill until firm.
  • Melt 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler or bowl set over a pot of boiling water. Spoon a generous 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate over chilled peppermint creams. Smooth with a small offset spatula or knife.
topping with chocolate.
  • Top with a sprinkling of crushed peppermint dust. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
topping with crushed peppermint.

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peppermint creams closeup.

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Peppermint creams in red box.

Peppermint Creams

Peppermint Creams have a white chocolate cream center with crushed peppermint, topped with semi-sweet chocolate and peppermint dust. Recipe from Bon Appetit, 1993.
5 from 42 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
chill time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Servings 48 servings
Calories 115 kcal


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound white chocolate chopped fine
  • 1 cup peppermint candies crushed, about 8 ounces, divided.
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped.
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract


  • Place 48 small candy cups on a sheet pan.
  • Bring cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Whisk in 1 pound white chocolate, until melted and smooth.
  • Mix in crushed peppermint candies and peppermint extract. Fill a pastry bag or use a small spoon to fill candy cups about 2/3 full.
  • Using a wet finger, smooth down the top of each peppermint cream. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
  • While the peppermint creams are setting, Melt 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler on in a bowl set over a pan or boiling water. Stir until smooth.
  • Top each peppermint cream with 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate.
  • Sprinkle each cup with remaining candy cane dust
  • Chill candies until set, about 1 hour.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Peppermint creams will stay fresh for about 2 weeks.


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 115kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 10mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 43IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.5mg
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  1. Just curious as to why you leave part of the chocolate to the side when melting the rest in the double boiler? Mainly because you mention stirring it in until smooth; would it make any significant difference if I just melted all of the chocolate in the double boiler at once instead of setting some aside? Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    This certainly brings back memories of making peppermint creams with my Granny in Scotland! Agreed on the extortionate pricing of something that’s so easy (and fun!) to make at home. I can just taste them!

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