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I have always loved mint chocolate chips and hated when they quit making them year round.  I have tried adding mint flavor to cookies with varying success.  I would much prefer the taste in
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mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/4/2014 2:46 PM EST
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I have always loved mint chocolate chips and hated when they quit making them year round.  I have tried adding mint flavor to cookies with varying success.  I would much prefer the taste in the chips but am not adverse to any other method that tastes as good.  What do you do as a way to enjoy that minty chocolate all year long?  I am even open to melting the chips and adding mint then using in cakes, cookies or fudge.  Which mint flavoring do you like best?

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/6/2014 3:33 PM EST
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For some recipes it might be easier to get Andes mint candies and chop them up into chunks or chips. 
For some that use a liquid I think it would be better to steep fresh mint in the liquid for a while to get a nice true mint flavor.  
On this site there is a recipe for a pie that calls for steeping rosemary in milk and the alternate is to use mint leaves.  I have not tried the mint as I have found that the Rosemary is so outstanding that I keep going back to that. 

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/6/2014 4:35 PM EST
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Thanks, I will have to try that.  I have not seen fresh mint anywhere, so will have to investigate growing some as a house plant.

I like the idea of chopped Andes for cookies.  They sound delicious.

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/7/2014 5:47 AM EST
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do what I do buy extra mint chocolate chips as many as you think you might use .and  put them in your freezer. I do that with fresh cranberries so I have them year round

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/7/2014 10:26 AM EST
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interesting

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/7/2014 12:38 PM EST
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I usually buy extra and freeze them, but I like the idea of Andes mints!

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/7/2014 7:42 PM EST
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In Response to Re: mint chocolate chip substitution:
Thanks, I will have to try that.  I have not seen fresh mint anywhere, so will have to investigate growing some as a house plant.
Posted by Ellen w

If you plant it outside make sure you plant it in a pot or a bucket in the ground or other container to confine it.  Mint can be very very invasive.  Nothing kills it off. 
There are lots of varieties from a lemon mint to a chocolate mint. When you find plants make sure you try a leaf first to make sure you like the flavor. 

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/9/2014 7:02 PM EST
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In Response to Re: mint chocolate chip substitution:
do what I do buy extra mint chocolate chips as many as you think you might use .and  put them in your freezer. I do that with fresh cranberries so I have them year round
Posted by Millie B


I wonder if I can get hubby to buy another freezer, LOL.  I always buy several bags extra and do keep them in the freezer, but I could use one a week because that is the type the family likes best.  I already keep, frozen bags of cranberries, peaches, apples, pears, jars of orange juice, lemon juice, and veggies from my yard that we harvest each year.  One freezer holds the beef and one the fruits and veggies.  The side by side holds snacks and ice cream and other stuff we buy.

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/9/2014 7:04 PM EST
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In Response to Re: mint chocolate chip substitution:
In Response to Re: mint chocolate chip substitution : If you plant it outside make sure you plant it in a pot or a bucket in the ground or other container to confine it.  Mint can be very very  invasive.  Nothing kills it off.  There are lots of varieties from a lemon mint to a chocolate mint. When you find plants make sure you try a leaf first to make sure you like the flavor. 
Posted by nikki p


Thanks!  I will need to investigate the flavors and find what we like.  I will most likely use it inside as it gets so hot outside and it will probably dry out too easily.

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/10/2014 11:21 AM EST
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ellen w.
welcome to the forum         you need to stay around and share

my advice about chocolate chips
I never freeze mine  and I live near the texas gulf coast     hot, humid mostly
but I have a/c and heat      and my home stays between 65-75 daily
because my grands come by and 'borrow' from me some times they get them from the wrong stock,
 and due to my age and health issues my baking has been limited
believe it or not I have a bag of chocolate chips right now that has a 2-yr old use by date and it has not even "bloomed"
try it and see 
you are going to use them in less than a year

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/10/2014 4:05 PM EST
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In Response to Re: mint chocolate chip substitution:
In Response to Re: mint chocolate chip substitution : Thanks!  I will need to investigate the flavors and find what we like.  I will most likely use it inside as it gets so hot outside and it will probably dry out too easily.
Posted by Ellen w

I don't think anything can kill mint once it gets established!
I had it creeping under evergreen hedge and it made it's way under some of the siding.  The more I pulled it out the more it grew.  Every time you break off roots the roots sent up another plant. 

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/10/2014 10:17 PM EST
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In Response to mint chocolate chip substitution:
I have always loved mint chocolate chips and hated when they quit making them year round.  I have tried adding mint flavor to cookies with varying success.  I would much prefer the taste in the chips but am not adverse to any other method that tastes as good.  What do you do as a way to enjoy that minty chocolate all year long?  I am even open to melting the chips and adding mint then using in cakes, cookies or fudge.  Which mint flavoring do you like best?
Posted by Ellen w


I love the mint combination and use it to make almond bark that everybody just loves. I cannot always find the mint chips, even when they are "in season". My husband came home one day with a bag of Andes Mint Chips! No need to cut up the mints, just buy the chips. However, when mixing them with choc chips, I forgot and used one bag of each and had twice as much almond bark. It is good, but I don't think there is any substitute for the Nestles chips as they are perfectly proportioned chocolate to mint. You would find the Andes Chips right by the chocolate chips. I can't always find them, either, so I do try to keep some of each in the freezer with my choc chips (I live in Miami).Smile

Re: mint chocolate chip substitution

posted at 2/10/2014 10:20 PM EST
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In Response to Re: mint chocolate chip substitution:
For some recipes it might be easier to get Andes mint candies and chop them up into chunks or chips.  For some that use a liquid I think it would be better to steep fresh mint in the liquid for a while to get a nice true mint flavor.   On this site there is a recipe for a pie that calls for steeping rosemary in milk and the alternate is to use mint leaves.  I have not tried the mint as I have found that the Rosemary is so outstanding that I keep going back to that. 
Posted by nikki p


Look for Andes Chips! Little chunks of Andes mints already cut. I found them near the chocolate chips, but like the Nestles Mint, I can't always find ! Just remember to mix the candies before you measure them.

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