Do you ever think about how weird it is that when you go off to college freshman year the school you accept enrollment at picks a random person for you to live with? Sometimes not just one, but two, three, or four people that you are going to share a tiny 10ft space with and sleep next to. Your heads are going to be about three feet apart when you close your eyes at night to go to dream land. But what if this To-Be-Determined roommate never sleeps, or sleeps during the day then stays up with lights on all night? What if they collect something weird like trolls that they want to display in your room? What if they refuse to shower?
I know I am not alone with these fears. You know you had them too!! Everyone is afraid of having a roommate that collects trolls, right? Right? Ok maybe you had slightly more legit fears than I did but still… it is scary and odd to be forced into sharing a small little
cell box dorm-room with a stranger. It is especially daunting if you spent the previous 18 years enjoying the privacy, space and freedoms of your own bedroom.
Now let me tell you what my roommate was actually like… she was sweet and polite, hilariously funny, endless witty, smart and studious, respectful, caring AND like the sister I never had. To whomever picked our two names out of a hat and threw us into that teeny-tiny room, I thank you, not for the teeny-tiny room that I now deem an appropriate size for my bathroom, but I thank you for giving me the most awesome roommate EVVVEERRRR.
five ten a number of years later and I now have the honor of standing up for her on her wedding day as a bridesmaid. For her wedding shower I made her favorite candies Peppermint Patties and put them into cute bags with fun ribbons and tags I stamped with the bride and grooms initials. They look cute for sure and they tasted even better!
(yield 30 patties)
Adapted from (www.joyofbaking.com)
4 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
3 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Oil (different from peppermint extract)
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
4 Tablespoons Evaporated Milk
16 ounces semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
8 ounces white chocolate chips for decorating
In your mixing bowl, beat the butter for a quick minute until soft. Add to the butter the confectioners sugar, evaporated milk, peppermint oil and vanilla. Turn speed to medium and beat for a few minutes or until creamy. Place bowl in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Remove the bowl from the fridge and begin shaping the ‘dough’ into 1 inch balls. Place on silicone baking mat (or pan) sprinkled with some confectioners’ sugar so they won’t stick. Using your palm or a flat bottomed glass (helps to put in the freezer for a few minutes to chill, not your hand, the glass) push down on each ball to make a flat circle. Once all the circles are flattened place the tray in the fridge to chill for an hour or overnight.
When the hour is up using a double boiler (or a heatproof glass bowl over a pot of simmering water) melt the chocolate, remember to stir continually so it doesn’t burn. While chocolate still warm begin dipping each mint patty into the chocolate.
Use two forks to coat completely. Let excess chocolate drip off before placing back on silicone mat to harden. Refrigerate for an hour minimum before serving. (Note: at after about 10 minutes of chilling I drizzled with melted white chocolate to decorate.) Will stay in the fridge for a week or so.