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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

June's We Should Cocoa Round Up: Mint

Wow-o-wow! My goodness did everyone rise to the mint challenge this month! This round up is going to be a veritable feast of cakes, brownies, ice creams, cookies, meringues and all manner of tasty bakes! I don't think we've quite reached the record number of entries (I'm pretty sure the coffee challenge last year had over 50), however we are coming in with a respectable 32!

One of the things that struck a chord with me the most as I was reading and re-reading these posts was how many started with words along the lines of 'I don't normally like chocolate and mint, but...' I'm so impressed with everyone that baked outside of their comfort zone with this challenge, and the result is a really great and varied range of minty chocolate recipes to suit all tastes. There are also some really amazing flavour combinations in here - look out for the minted raspberries, and the mint, chilli and lime combo in particular! 

Anyways, let this seriously epic round up commence, and get ready for some seriously minty-fresh chocolate creations!

Almost Guiltless Chocolate Mint Ice Cream

Janet from The Taste Space was straight off the mark with her Almost Guiltless Chocolate Mint Ice Cream. This glorious looking creation is vegan, and as the title suggests, almost guiltless! Born of an ice cream craving, and a happy coincidence from freezing a mousse, we have to thank Janet for a recipe that can be an ice cream, a mousse, or a tart depending on your mood.

Triple Mint Chocolate Cake

The second entry came from the lovely Ness at JibberJabberUK, in the form of this decadent Triple Mint Chocolate Cake. Ness has recreated all the flavour of mint choc-chip ice cream, but in comforting cake form, and with no less than three mint ingredients!

Grasshopper Bars

How amazing do these Grasshopper Bars from Janine at Cake of the Week look!? Adapted from a millionaires shortbread recipe, these yummy looking bars are topped with chocolate ganache and a caramel flavoured with Creme de Menthe!

Chocolate Eton Mess with Hazelnut Meringue and Minted Raspberries

I love everything about this next entry from Under The Blue Gum Tree, Chocolate Eton Mess with Hazelnut Meringue and Minted Raspberries. Such a great combination of flavours and textures, and a really unique spin on the mint theme for this month.

Mint Chocolate Cookie Sandwich

Rebecca from BakeNQuilt created these tasty Mint Chocolate Cookie Sandwich with a rich decadent crunchy cookie, filled with a peppermint buttercream, I'll bet you could change these up with any flavour filling too.

Mint Aero Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Jenny of What Jenny Baked has just started blogging, in fact these Mint Aero Chocolate Chip Cupcakes were her first ever blog post, and she has entered them into We Should Cocoa! Join me in saying a big hello to Jenny, and head over to check out her new blog!

Garden Mint Truffles

A delicious treat up next in the form of these Garden Mint Truffles from Jill at Lapin d'Or and More, these 'skinny' truffles are made from a mint infused syrup used to make the chocolate ganache. Yum!

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Angela from My Golden Pear is up next with these pretty Chocolate Mint Brownies, which look so gooey and rich, and then have that beautiful peppermint cream layer too.

Andy Murray Mint Slice

As Wimbledon kicks off this week, here is the aptly named Andy Murray Mint Slice, from Becky at Mint Custard. Regardless of how successful it's namesake is, I'm certain that this treat is a winner!

Peppermint Creams

I haven't made a batch of Peppermint Creams since I was studying Home Ec at school, but this lovely batch made by Angela from Garden, Tea, Cakes and Me and her niece for Father's Day has made me rethink. I love that this variation uses condensed milk rather than cream or egg whites too, as I imagine it is less perishable (not that they would last long enough to test that in our house). 

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Elizabeth is next, over from the Law Student's Cookbook, with these tasty Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes. A great recipe, and nice to see the chocolate-mint theme being brought into some breakfast bakes. 

Treat Me Chocolate Mint Bars

Lucy, of The KitchenMaid, entered these Oreo-stuffed, No-Bake, Chocolate Ganache-smothered Chocolate Mint Bars. Yes you heard me, oreos... no bake... ganache... droooooool! 

Chocolate Marble Cake

When Suelle at Mainly Baking entered this Chocolate Marble Cake, for a split second I was gutted, as I was planning something marbly myself. But when I read her fabulous creation, which combines Mint, Lime and Chilli together in this pretty marbled Bundt cake, I knew that she had done a far better job than I ever could! I really really want a slice of this cake!

Chocolate Mint Cookies

Next up is a batch of perfectly formed Chocolate Mint Cookies from The After School Cake Tin. I love the shimmery effect of the demerara sugar sprinkled on top before baking too. 

Chocolate and Garden Mint Loaf Cake

How rich and yummy does this Chocolate and Garden Mint Loaf Cake from Lancashire Food look? Made using fresh Garden Mint turned into an infused tea within the cake, and a syrup drizzled over the top, it sounds like a great way to use a herb growing in the back garden. 

Chocolates with a Peppermint Filling

Johanna writes her Green Gourmet Giraffe blog from Melbourne in Australia, and entered these handmade Chocolates with a Peppermint Filling. They look really great, I can never manage to avoid the bloom, and Johanna also lists some great alternative flavours for fillings.

Vegan Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Rachel Cotterill created this perfect combination of flavours in her Vegan Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes. Chocolate, Coffee and Mint really are flavours that work well together, and these cupcakes get their moisture from pure coffee rather than eggs and butter. 

Chocadoodledoo Cake

Our We Should Cocoa founder Choclette is next, with her Chocadoodledoo Cake, named after her own cocktail recipe of the same name. This cake contains a chocolate genoese sponge, fresh strawberries and cream, and a fresh mint syrup, all layered up in this gorgeous homage to summer. 

Mint Chocolate Brownies

Craig from The Usual Saucepans (what a great blog name) adapted a cheesecake-topped brownie by flavouring the cheesecake element with mint to create this variation of a Mint Chocolate Brownie. Such a great idea, and it sounds like his tasters were very complimentary about the combination. 

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Another vegan bake here from Caroline of Caroline Makes. These Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes were made from a Melissa Morgan book, and Caroline bravely made a batch to take to a vegan meeting where the author herself would be sampling! Needless to say they were very well received! 

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ness at Jibber Jabber took inspiration from supermarket bakery cookies, and proved that we can always do it better ourselves with these lovely Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Vegan Mint Chocolate Mousse

Another great vegan entry here, as Jen at Blue Kitchen Bakes perfected this unctuous-looking Vegan Mint Chocolate Mousse, using avocado and maple syrup in place of cream or eggs. Doesn't it just make you want to pick up a spoon and dive in?

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Elizabeth at Elizabeth's Kitchen cooked up a treat with this decadent and creamy Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream... my absolute two favourite ice cream flavours rolled into one, I actually jumped at the chance and made a batch myself at the weekend, and can vouch first hand for how amazing it is!

Mint Chocolate Macarons

I finally got my act together and decided on an idea for the theme, and created these brightly coloured Mint Chocolate Macarons, the delicate peppermint meringue perfectly complimented the rich dark mint chocolate ganache filling.

Vegan Chocolate Mint Cake

Last month's We Should Cocoa host Shaheen from Allotment to Kitchen submitted a Vegan Chocolate Mint Cake, that also goes by the name of Father Ted Cakes. Originally made to celebrate St Patrick's Day, Shaheen has re-created these tasty cakes using a mint syrup, but had provided an alternative version too using After Eight mints.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Fresh Mint

There are little flecks of green shining through these pretty Chocolate Chip Cookies from That Nutty Tart, which have fresh Strong Mint baked into the cookie dough. They sound divine, and apparently didn't last long enough to have their own studio photo shoot...

Mint Brownie Pie

A grown-up variation of the chocolate brownie now, as Hannah at the Corner Cottage Bakery encased hers in pastry, and added cocoa nibs to create this classy Mint Brownie Pie. Less grown-up is the giant squid pillow driving her car... you'll have to look for yourselves!

Chocolate Mint Cake

A sumptuous chocolate cake next from Eira over at Cookbooks Galore, this Chocolate Mint Cake is flavoured with garden mint extract, and filled with a mint flavoured cream cheese frosting. It looks heavenly don't you think?

Pimms, Blackberry and Elderflower Jelly

I was always expecting something a little different from the lovely Dom of Belleau Kitchen, but I'm pretty sure I wasn't prepared for a large jelly in the shape of the Queen's head... Dom infused his jelly mixture with fresh mint leaves, and decorated with white chocolate it ticks all the right boxes. I'm very interested in the new Blackberry and Elderflower Pimms too.

Crème de Menthe & Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits

Double chocolatey goodness next in the shape of these Crème de Menthe & Chocolate Sandwich Biscuits from Mel at Sharky Oven Glove. These yummy chocolate biscuits are sandwiched around a layer of crème de menthe flavoured white chocolate filling.

Chocolate Peppermint Squares

As a devoted baker, I am seriously concerned about how excited I get over a recipe title that contains the words 'No-Bake'! I think its the promise of a more immediate gratification. And when said recipe comes with a photo the likes of the one above from Karen at Lavender and Lovage with her Easy No-Bake Chocolate Peppermint Squares, well, I'm sure you can understand my giddiness! I love the use of Kendall Mint Cake in this recipe too.

Chocolate Mint Pattie Brownie

Last, but by no means least, Ros, The More Than Occasional Baker, created these Chocolate Mint Pattie Brownies, with Mint Patties all the way from America baked into the brownie batter. Ros' colleagues were the lucky recipients of these gooey treats... I'm not jealous at all!

And that folks, is all! Thank you so much to each and everyone of you that took the time to link your lovely minty recipes back to We Should Cocoa. It's been a pleasure to host for the month. Check back to Choclette's blog to find out who the July host is, and which special flavour they have chosen. 


  1. My goodness we did all rise to the mint and chocolate challenge, a fabulous WSCC round up. Thank you so much for hosting.

    1. Thanks Shaheen! Some fabulous entries aren't there!

  2. Terrific round-up. Great theme and pleased to see so many entries.

    1. Thanks Ness! And thank you for your entries too!

  3. I have a serious craving for chocolate and mint now! Wow! What a fabulous and assorted selection of ideas! Great round up! :)

    1. Every time I scroll through a different one jumps out at me! Still working through my ice cream though!

  4. Victoria this is such a fabulous round-up, thank you so much for putting it together and for hosting. I'm never quite decided about mint and chocolate. Done well it's delicious, but sometimes it just doesn't work. I can happily say that I am now gagging to try every one of these amazing treats. A very big thank you to all who entered.

    1. There really is something for all tastes which is great! So many types of mint used too. Thanks for giving me the chance to host, I've loved every minute!

  5. What a fantastic round up of chocolate mint treats, sorry I didn't manage to enter, just ran out of time.

    1. That's ok! Life just happens sometimes! Enjoy the round up, and maybe try a bake in homage (when you get the chance!) ;-) x

  6. A great round up and some seriously delicious looking treats. Those chocolates with peppermint filling are calling out to me.

    1. They look great don't they! I never manage to get such a clean finish on chocolates :-( Thanks so much for taking part!

  7. Brilliant round up, some great ideas here :)

    1. They're great aren't they! I'm particularly drawn to the no-bake ones at the moment!

  8. Great round up - your enthusiasm really shines through. Thanks for picking such a good ingredient!

    1. Thanks! It's easy to be enthusiastic when the entries are this good! Thanks for entering!

  9. fantastic round up - you really have me enthused about chocolate and mint - so many wonderful ideas

    1. Thanks Johanna! And thank you for your entry too! :-)

  10. A FABULOUS round up and such an amazing selection of mint-choc recipes! You were a wonderful guest host and this is a brilliant resource for all things minty! Karen

    1. Thanks Karen! So glad you got your entry in too :-)


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