Potted Chocolate-Mint Puddings


These mini mint puddings sprout to life with their mint seedling growing out the top and ground-cookie dirt sprinkled on the surface.

What a great way to celebrate Spring with these cleverly disguised desserts.  Pour pudding into votive candleholders and serve with wooden “plant marker” spoons.  Perfect for April Fool’s Day!

The kids will love these but so will adults.  You can easily use your favorite recipe, adding mint extract at the end or try this one, it’s delicious!

Potted Chocolate-Mint Puddings
From Martha Stewart

1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa power
Salt
1-1/4 cups heavy cream
1-1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract
1 Tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
10 chocolate wafer cookies
Garnish with sprigs of mint

Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan.  Combine cream, milk and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup.

Pour 1 cup cream mixture into sugar mixture and whisk until cornstarch is dissolved.  Add remaining cream mixture and whisk until smooth.  Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook until thick, about 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and add chocolate.  Whisk until chocolate melts, about 1 minute.

Remove from heat.  Add mint extract and butter, and whisk until butter melts.  Quickly divide pudding, whisking as you work to prevent sides from setting up, among eight 4 ounce glass votive candle holders, leaving 1/2″ of space at the top.  Refrigerate until set.

Just before serving, pulse cookies in a food processor until finely ground.  Top each with 1 Tablespoon ground-cookie “dirt,” and garnish with a planted mint sprig.  Serve chilled.

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21 Comments

  1. Cathy, this is amazing!!! I absolutely love it. Can’t wait to try this out and the possibilities for what is ‘growing’ are endless… Although chocolate and mint is a killer combo :)

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  2. Kim in MD 2

    How adorable! Your photo is stunning, Cathy! Those mini glasses are so cute…would you share where you purchased them? Thanks so much!

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  3. Angela 3

    These are adorable, creative and a great way to usher in the gardening season. Could also be done with other herbs like an orange basil with chocolate.

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  4. Beverly Mathias 4

    Wish you were able to give the carbs as I’m trying to cut back on them.

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  5. Gina 5

    Beautiful!!!

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  6. Pat 6

    These will have to be one of our “Rites of Spring”!

    And I must add, the Sticky Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings, I made for finger foods at Christmas and they were fantastic! And indeed sticky. 😉

    Thank you twice again.

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  7. How fun, I love these. I’m making some mint chocolate sandwich cookies from MS right now.

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  8. Too cute! These would be great for a bridal shower…

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  9. Sarah 9

    These are so cute! Love the chocolate and mint combo!

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  10. These look so delicious!

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  11. Lana 11

    What a cute and clever idea! My two grandchildren will love this.

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  12. Megan 12

    Forget the kids, I LOVE these!

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  13. Anne 13

    Where do you get the chocolate wafer cookies? None of the groceries around me have them–I used oreo crumbs instead.

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  14. Terry C 14

    I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your website, and just really have a lot of admiration for all the hard work you put into your life’s dream and your family. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  15. John 15

    The weather here in SF is finally warming up, and it feels like spring for the first time this year.

    These would be a great dessert to serve at the season’s first cookout.

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  16. Katie 16

    Yum! I might have to throw in some gummy worms for old times’ sake…

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  17. Hanna 17

    I lvoe your blog! I just found you and am so happy I did. I am trying these immeadiately! Such a CUTE idea! Thanks for sharing this:)

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  18. Jessica 18

    This is amazing! Just found your amazing blog and am a new follower!
    – Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

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  19. DECADENT? Yes! Definitely looking forward to trying out this recipe. Love the spring-look they have to them. :) Thanks for posting!

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  20. Too stinking cute!

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  21. These are adorable What a fabulous idea for a garden party.
    Sam

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