Chocolate Mint Day
"It is the destiny of mint to be crushed."
~ Waverley Lewis Root (1903-1982)
Are you a fan of pairing mint with chocolate? Depending widely on the ingredients and the process used, mint chocolate can give off a very distinctive mint fragrance. The chocolate component can be milk chocolate, regular dark chocolate, or white chocolate; due to this, mint chocolate (whether by addition of peppermint, spearmint, or crème de menthe, made from Corsican mint) has no one specific flavor and so, each chocolate-plus-flavor combination can be unique. The mint family (which includes basil, thyme, lavender, lemon balm, rosemary, marjoram, and oregano) has a long history of culinary and medicinal use. Some aromatic mint varieties are known and grown for their special scents - pineapple, grapefruit, apple, ginger, and even a chocolate mint! The flavor of chocolate mint is debated by those who have tried it. Some people detect definite notes of chocolate in it, while others detect only a flavour of spearmint. For those who have the ability to discern, the chocolate aspect of the flavor is so pronounced that they liken it to Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies or Andes Mints candy. And while others believe that while the taste may not have chocolate notes in it, the aroma (with hints of vanilla) does. 🍫
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, and inspired by a chocolate mint, this tartan explores the colour depth of chocolate flavours, with just a "hint o' mint."
Mint chocolate is a popular pairing of flavours, made by adding peppermint, spearmint, or crème de menthe to plain chocolate.
Chocolate and mint can be found in a wide variety of edible products such as candy, mints, cookies, mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot chocolate, and others. In addition, it is marketed in a non-edible form as a beauty product or scent for candles.
For a history of the mint in sweets, click the sweets!