DiY Chocolate Mint Extract
Chocolate Mint is a specific variety of peppermint plant with a very strong peppermint patty fragrance. The chocolate flavour doesn’t come through as strongly in tea as the scent would hint at. But the cool peppermint flavour is solid. At least this is how it is in my zone 3 climate. But those in warmer areas may find their chocolate mint has a more chocolatey flavour.
That’s the glory of gardening. Flavours vary according to soil and growing conditions. Your mint will be different than my mint. You rose will be different than my rose.
Chocolate Mint is one of those hardy garden herbs that just keep on growing and giving right through the first mild frosts. Even in my zone 3 climate, I harvest armloads of it from my tiny patch. If you are growing in a more hospitable zone, you may want to put it in an area where it can spread, or enclose it in a bottomless bucket, in the ground, to keep it from taking over your acreage.
In my harsher gardening climate I love any plant that will produce for me without coddling.
This will become a special ingredient in your own pantry or a thoughtful gift. One recipe makes 5 – 100 ml bottles so there’s enough for you and a few to gift, besides.