peppermint patties stacked on top of white table.
Homemade Peppermint Patties are easy to make from scratch and taste like the popular store bought candy, but are even better because they're DIY! A soft flavored filling covered in chocolate makes the perfect minty treat for holiday parties and gift giving.
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These easy Homemade Peppermint Patties boast a soft, minty core and a crisp chocolate coating for that signature peppermint patty snap. With just 4 simple ingredients, this no-bake holiday treat makes a perfect DIY gift or a delightful addition to your cookie exchange!

peppermint stacked on top and 1 split in half placed on top.


Homemade York Peppermint Patty

Our homemade Peppermint Patty recipe is so easy to make and requires only 4 simple ingredients to create the most delicious chocolate mint patties (no butter or corn syrup needed).

Unlike the store-bought peppermint patties candy, these treats contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives and taste even better than York Peppermint Patties because you can control the flavor.

With a cool and creamy peppermint filling surrounded by a coating of chocolate, it’s always fun to dress up your candy with colorful sprinkles and holiday decor.

DIY chocolate peppermint patties are perfect for gift-giving and a great way to add a festive flair to a holiday party or for your cookie swap.

Why We Love This DIY Peppermint Patties Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in minutes plus chill time.
  • Only uses 4 simple ingredients plus optional sprinkles.
  • Most delicious melt-in-your-mouth mini desserts.
  • Copycat candy is even softer and creamier than the name-brand version.
  • Great for gifting to teachers and friends and pretty addition to cookie trays and dessert platters.
  • Perfect for holiday platters, hostess gifts, seasonal parties, or serving after supper.
peppermint patties ingredients.

Peppermint patty Ingredients

  • Sweetened condensed milk – acts as the creamy base for the peppermint filling, providing sweetness and a smooth texture that binds the other components together.
  • Peppermint extract – this brings the signature minty flavor to the patties, making them refreshing and true to the classic taste we all know and love.
  • Powdered sugar – is essential for giving the peppermint filling its structure and sweetness, allowing it to hold its shape when formed into discs.
  • Chocolate almond bark – provides the rich, chocolaty coating for the peppermint patties, and its smooth texture ensures an even and appealing finish.
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Substitutions and Additions

  • Choose Your Chocolate You can dip these homemade mint patties in white almond bark, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate. You can also use melted chocolate chips if you can’t find almond bark or candy melts.
  • Customize Your Candy: These chocolate-covered peppermint patties can be decorated to match a party theme or holiday celebration. Use pastel-colored sprinkles for Easter and baby showers; use red and green for Christmas; use gold, silver and white for weddings and anniversary parties; use orange for Halloween; use multi-colored sprinkles for birthdays.
  • Make Them Vegan or Dairy Free: To make them vegan or Dairy Free, you can use coconut condensed milk as a substitute for sweetened condensed milk and vegan chocolate for the coating.
peppermint patties on a white plate.

How to Make Homemade Peppermint Patties

  1. Make The Mint Filling: Mix together the sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract, and then mix in your powdered sugar with an electric mixer. (Image 1)
    Pro Tip: You should have a stiff dough that is not sticky.
  2. Form Balls and Flatten: Roll the dough into balls, place them on your tray, and flatten them into thick disc shapes. Freeze for an hour. (Image 2)
    Pro-Tip: If you want more uniform patties, you can use a silicone mold to sharp your patties.
  3. Coat In Chocolate: Microwave the almond bark in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth. Dip the peppermint patties into the chocolate, place onto the parchment paper, decorate with sprinkles if desired. (Images 3 and 4)
    Pro-Tip: You can use a double broiler to melt the chocolate as well.
  4. Serve: Enjoy!
patties mixture in a mixing bowl. flatten the dough and placed on baking sheet. dip the dough into melted chocolate.

Tips For the Best Homemade Peppermint Patties

  • You can make these large, like a regular-size peppermint patty, or a smaller size.
  • Feel free to add some festive sprinkles, but they are still great without them. 
  • The chocolate hardens quickly, so be prepared to add any sprinkles immediately after dipping. Otherwise, the sprinkles will roll right off! 
  • Make sure you freeze these peppermint patties before dipping. They are delicate and can melt fast in the chocolate if not frozen. 
  • I like to keep my candy in the fridge until serving to ensure it stays nice and firm.

How to Store Peppermint Patties

  • To Store: Store your homemade peppermint patties in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
  • To Freeze: If you are making them ahead for a party, it’s best to freeze them. Store your peppermint patties in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 2 months.
peppermint patties coated with melted chocolate on baking sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do homemade peppermint patties taste like the original York Peppermint Patty Candy?

These homemade patties are a close copycat of the famous York Peppermint Patty, especially if you dip your candy in dark chocolate. My recipe produces a bit thicker patty than the original because it makes it a bit easier to dip. However, you could press down to make them flatter if you prefer them to look like the name brand too.

What is the best way to dip mint patties in melted chocolate?

The best method to coat these candies in chocolate is to use a fork and gently tap any excess chocolate on the side of the bowl. I like to use a toothpick to remove the excess melted almond bark from the bottom of the fork and then gently push the patty onto the tray.

Can I use chocolate chips to dip my patties?

Either almond bark or candy wafer melts are the best options to coat your patties because they create a smooth texture. However, if you choose to use chocolate chips, you will need to add 1 tbsp of coconut oil to each 8 oz of chocolate chips you’re melting for a smooth finish.

Are Peppermint Patties Gluten-Free

York peppermint patties are gluten-free (however the mini’s and shaped versions are not). Our homemade peppermint patties are gluten-free as long as you ensure that your chocolate and sprinkles are also gluten-free.

Why Does My Dough Seem Too Hard?

If the dough is too stiff, you likely have too much powdered sugar or too little sweetened condensed milk. Add a small amount of milk and mix until the dough softens.

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peppermint patties stacked on top of white table.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

Serves — 24
Homemade Peppermint Patties are easy to make from scratch and taste like the popular store bought candy, but are even better because they're DIY! A soft flavored filling covered in chocolate makes the perfect minty treat for holiday parties and gift giving.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pound chocolate almond bark
  • Sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl mix together the sweetened condensed milk and peppermint extract.
    ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk, 1 ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
  • Next using an electric mixer slowly start to mix in your powdered sugar. You are looking for a stiff dough that is not sticky.
    4 cups powdered sugar
  • Once your dough is formed you can begin to roll your dough into balls and place them on a parchment lined tray. Gently flatten the balls down into a thick disc shape (2 inch disks that were about 1/4 inch thickness).
  • Place the tray into the freezer. Let the patties freeze for about an hour.
  • When you are ready to dip, melt your almond bark in 30 second intervals in the microwave until all melted and smooth.
    1 pound chocolate almond bark
  • Working quickly, dip the peppermint patties into the chocolate. Gently shake off any excess or scrape it off the bottom on the side of the bowl.
  • Place back onto the parchment paper and immediately top with sprinkles if desired.
    Sprinkles

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store your homemade peppermint patties in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
  • To Freeze: Store your peppermint patties in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 2 months.
Tips:
  • You can make these large like a regular size peppermint patty or a smaller size.
  • Feel free to add some festive sprinkles, but they are still great without.
  • The chocolate hardens quickly, so be prepared to add any sprinkles immediately after dipping. Otherwise, the sprinkles will roll right off!
  • Make sure you freeze these peppermint patties before dipping. They are delicate and can melt fast in the chocolate if not frozen.
  • I like to keep my candy in the fridge until serving to make sure they stay nice and firm.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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