TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 3-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed peppermint candy
  • 8 drops red food coloring
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 12 ladyfingers, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 262 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 179mg cholesterol, 94mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a saucepan, soften gelatin in milk for 1 minute. Stir in sugar and salt. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 5 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir a small amount of hot mixture into egg yolks. Return all to the pan. Cook and stir over low heat until the mixture thickens slightly and coats the back of a metal spoon or reaches 160° (do not boil). Remove from the heat. Add candy and food coloring; stir until candy is dissolved.
  3. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until mixture begins to thicken, about 30 minutes. Fold in whipped cream. Place ladyfinger halves around a greased 9-in. springform pan. Pour mixture into center of pan. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; remove sides. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Peppermint Charlotte in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1998, p42

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