Peppermint Stick Dessert Recipe

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With every spoonful of this cool and creamy concoction, my family goes back in time to when our Grandma Dagmar made it each Christmas. The minty, refreshing flavor can't be topped. —Dianne Oertel, Racine, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:9-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 9-12 servings


  • 8 ounces peppermint candy, crushed
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 27 chocolate wafers

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 250 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine crushed candy and half-and-half cream. Cook over low heat until candy is melted, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 1 minute. Stir into hot peppermint mixture until dissolved. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until mixture begins to set. Fold in whipped cream.
  3. Crush three chocolate wafers; set aside for garnish. Line a 1-1/2-qt. serving bowl with 12 wafers. Top with half of the peppermint mixture. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with chocolate crumbs. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Yield: 9-12 servings.
Originally published as Peppermint Stick Dessert in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2001, p98

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