When my son had to go on a diet free of gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, plus several other foods, his candy options became very limited. This was eight years ago and the readily available “allergen free” foods we are fortunate to have now were in limited supply and, in my area at least, only available via expensive internet ordering.
I quickly discovered though that a little imagination and willingness to experiment with substitutions in the kitchen could lead to fresher and more superior products than one could buy, not to mention the fact that my son could participate in the process of creating his own food. Not knowing how long he’d have to struggle with these allergies, it was important to me to equip him with the tools needed to feed himself, without having to rely on anyone else.
Fortunately, he has outgrown most of his former food restrictions, but these homemade peppermint patties remain a family favorite!
They only take five ingredients and a short amount of time to make. You’ll need:
- 2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar (see here for homemade corn-free version)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of softened butter, margarine or shortening
- 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of water
- about 1/2 bag of chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is dairy, soy & corn free)
Mix the butter, powdered sugar, peppermint extract and water together. (You may not need all of the water.) You will want a stiff dough, as pictured below, so add more powdered sugar if needed.
Form the filling into small discs and place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Pop in the freezer for about ten minutes.
While those are chilling, melt your chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat (or in the microwave) stirring and checking frequently to prevent scorching.
Drop the discs into the chocolate, roll around to coat, then lift out with a fork, allowing excess chocolate to drip off.
Return to the wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze until firm. Store in the refrigerator or freezer!