Dark Chocolate Drizzled Mints

December 11, 2009 by Ali

One of my favorite Christmas traditions seems to be playing with Altoid tins. They’re ridiculously cute, super-versatile, and can be home to all sorts of crafty-ness or delicious gifts!! (They can also be used on your wall to create a sweet Advent calendar, such as this or this!)

I’ve included some of my previous Altoid tin creations below. But for this year, decided to use the actual mints for the gift, and just kick them up a notch! Ha…not sure if this even qualifies as a “recipe”, but they were super-fun, and super-easy. When paired with a favorite minty chapstick, this can turn into a great little “kit” for girlfriends!! (Or…yes of course…any guys who are pro-minty-chapstick. :-))

So if you’re looking for a quick and inexpensive homemade gift for some friends, get crafty and give these a try!!

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Mints

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 1 tin mints

Ingredients

  • Altoids, or butter/pastel mints
  • dark chocolate chips (or other favorite chocolate chips, or almond bark)

Method

Lay out the mints on a piece of wax paper, parchment, or aluminum foil.

In a double boiler or (carefully!) in a microwave, heat the chocolate chips until they are melted and thinned out. (If the chocolate is too thick, add in a few teaspoons of shortening until it reaches your desired consistency.) Then use a fork to drizzle it over the mints. Let the mints cool before removing.

Craftyness:

You can certainly use Altoid tins for this project. Or, to save a little cash and also have plain silver-colored tins (without the colorful Altoids label), order a batch of "hinge-top metal tins" online here or here. I then just cut out scrapbook paper to fit the top and attached it with sticky mounting squares. (Be careful if you use glue, as it can wrinkle the paper.) Then used silver stickers to spell out names (or a greeting) on the front. You can also attach a tiny mirror to the inside of the lid, or write in a fun quote or note if you'd like!

Other fun ideas for the tins might be:

filling with little glass-pebble magnets (a cute gift idea, since the magnets stick to the metal!)

creating a "first date kit" for a friend (lip gloss, a tiny mirror, and mints!)

filling with gum, candy, or mints

holding credit cards, gift cards, photos, etc.

Ali’s Tip:

To get an extra-thin drizzle, don’t completely dunk your fork in the chocolate. :) For these you just barely need to dip it, and then gently swish it back and forth over the mints to get the nice, thin lines.

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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6 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Drizzled Mints

  1. thanks for the suggestion! I posted today on my edible crafts column (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com). That picture with the drizzled chocolate? Fantastic image…

    - meaghan (chic cookies)

  2. Looks very Tasty

    - Francis

  3. How fun! I love the packaging and how you paired it w/the Burts Bees Lip Balm. I’m addicted to that stuff!

    - fresh365

  4. Mmm, what a great idea! I love using altoid tins too! Stop by and visit sometime!
    http://songberries.blogspot.com

    - Carol

  5. What great, vibrant pictures!

    - Ninette

  6. What a great idea. I’m all about treats I don’t have to bake! (I am not the best baker). I tried my hand at chocolate bark last night. For some reason the milk chocolate came out great but the dark did not.

    - Dawn Hutchins