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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? Do you anticipate Girl Scout Cookie Season specifically for the 1939 favourite "Thin Mints"? This tasty culinary pairing has been much studied by chocolatiers. Depending on whether milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate is used and whether the mint addition is from peppermint, spearmint, or crème de menthe (made from Corsican mint), each chocolate-plus-flavor combination can be unique in both fragrance and perceived flavour! 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 unique scents which have overtones of pineapple, grapefruit, apple, ginger, and even chocolate! Some people detect definite notes of chocolate in this curious garden herb, while others detect only a flavour of spearmint. For those who have the ability to discern the chocolate notes, the flavor is so pronounced that it is likened specifically to Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies or Andes Mints candy! 🍫 🌱
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!