I just transplanted my chocolate mint herb plant into a bigger pot this afternoon. I am excited by all the lovely possibilities this lovely herb offers.
Infused Water: After washing add leaves to a pitcher of ice water. Let sit for at least an hour but not more than a day…and you’ll have a refreshing drink that just might fight off a craving. 😉
Kick the Coffee Up a Notch: Love flavored creamers but not all the junk in them? Add some chocolate mint leaves to your coffee in your filter. The hint of chocolate mint will brew into the coffee and you’ll have the flavor you crave minus the yuck.
Steep away: How about a steaming mug of chocolate mint tea? Just add clean leaves (enough fresh leaves to fill 1/2 the cup) to boiling water and steep for 5 – 10 minutes, depending on the strength you desire. You can add the leaves to ice tea too for the same infusion you’ll get in water.
Richer Hot Chocolate: Add some leaves when cooking up your hot chocolate and you’ll have more chocolate flavor with a hint of mint. Perfect for Christmas morning!
More in the Kitchen: This herb can be dried and added into all sorts of baked items – cookies, cakes, pies and even in ice cream!
In the Garden:Mint, including chocolate mint, is also good for repelling pests like flies, mosquitoes, ants and rodents. So I am thinking a few extra pots of it may be good to have outside my rabbit hutches and chicken coop.
Chocolate mint may soon become my favorite herb…