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Chocolate Mint Day – February 19 National Day – Fun Facts and Recipes

Get your sweet tooth ready, February 19 is celebrated each year as National Chocolate Mint Day. It is the day for both chocolate and mint lovers to indulge in their favorite treats all day long!Pile of chocolate with mint leaves and words reading "National Chocolate Mint Day - fun facts - ways to celebrate - recipes.

There is a saying that everything goes better with chocolate. Add in some mint and you have an even greater taste. Many holidays feature chocolate in some fashion, so it’s no surprise that chocolate mint has its own national day.

The chocolate component in chocolate mint can be milk chocolate, regular dark chocolate, or white chocolate. Because of this, mint chocolate has no one particular flavor.

No matter the brand of chocolate mint you choose, mint and chocolate deliver a burst of refreshing peppermint, spearmint, or crème de menthe combined with the smooth, rich taste of chocolate is a wonderfully unique pairing.

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History of chocolate mint

February 19 is recognized each year by the US National Confectioner’s Association as National Chocolate Mint Day. While we all love this flavor combo today, it started many years ago.Chocolate mint cookies with mint sprigs.

Here is a quick look at the history of the February 19 national day

  • The ancient Greeks and Romans valued mint because of its ability to aid in digestion and freshen one’s breath.
  • Early Greeks believed the mint could cure hiccups!
  • Both the Mayans and Aztecs had a love of all things chocolate. For a long time chocolate was mainly ingested in the form of a drink.
  • When drinking chocolate as a hot beverage, many early lovers of the drink added mint, cinnamon and other spices to it for an added flavor.
  • As soon as sugar was added to dark chocolate, the combination of chocolate and mint became a trend.
  • Huyler’s in New York was one of the early producers of chocolate mints.
  • By the mid 1800’s, when mass production of chocolate was common, candy stores started advertising mint chocolates to the public.
  • In the 1900’s, dark chocolate was served with mint springs in tea houses and dining rooms to encourage good breath and aid digestion.
  • In 1973, a culinary student, Marilyn Ricketts invents mint chocolate chip ice cream at South Devon College in the UK.

Chocolate mints facts

Brush up on your knowledge of chocolate mint with these fun facts – some might be a surprise to you!Pieces of chocolate and mint sprigs with words Mint Chocolate fun facts and history.

  • Junior mints are a popular choice with movie theater patrons.
  • Mint chocolate chip is one of the most popular flavors of ice cream.
  • The York Peppermint Patty was introduced by the York Cone Company in the 1940’s.
  • Many hotels leave chocolate mints on the pillows of guest’s rooms to welcome them.
  • The chocolate thin mints is one of the most popular Girl Scout Cookie cookie flavors.
  • Today Andes Crème de Menthe candy is the number one after dinner mint.
  • There is a plant called chocolate mint which is a relative of the regular peppermint plant.

How to observe February 19 national day for chocolate mints

There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day. Here are a few other creative ideas to help honor this day.

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Chocolate mint recipes

It’s not just chocolate mint candy that is possible. The combination of chocolate and mint can be used in a wide variety of sweet recipes.

From brownies to cookies, truffles and more, there is a chocolate mint combination for all tastes.Leprechaun hat cookies, chocolate chip mint cookies, mint chocolate fudge and words Chocolate mint recipes.

Get creative with your use of chocolate mints with one of the tasty recipes:

More February 19 national days

Did you enjoy learning about Chocolate Mint Day? Well you’re in luck, February 19 is host to more than just one national day! cotton and calendar with words February 19 National Days.

Here is a complete list of all the February 19 national days:

  • Chocolate Mint Day
  • International Tug of War Day
  • National Lash Day
  • National Vet Girls ROCK Day
  • Prevent Plagiarism Day
  • Iwo Jima Day

What are national days?

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.

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There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February. To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in February, as well as the February printable calendar of national days.

Is food your thing? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the February food holidays here.

More chocolate inspired national days

Be sure to also check out these other chocolate inspired national days:PIle of chocolate and mint sprig with words Chocolate lovers national Days

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One of the best ways to celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day is to bake some of these mint chocolate chip cookies.screens of chocolate chip cookies on a green background with text reading "Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie for St. Patrick's Day."

National Chocolate Mint Day National celebrates the delicate and delicious flavor combination that has become a classic over time. What is your favorite way to enjoy chocolate and mint? Tell us in the comments below.

Yield: 36 ciookies

Mint Chocolate chip Cookies

Mint chocolate chip cookies on a plate with a glass of mink.

These lightly-tinted chocolate chip cookies are minty and sweet. Enjoy them at St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of self rising flouir
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • 1 cup of butter, unsalted
  • 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • Green gel food coloring - a few drops to get your desired color
  • 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix the flour with baking soda and Kosher salt and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, green gel food coloring and peppermint extract.
  5. Gradually beat in the flour mixture on a low speed until well combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Drop heaping tablespoons of the mixture about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned.
  9. Cool on wire racks and store in an air tight container.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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