During the holiday season, my parents would take me and my brother and sister to Frederick and Nelson to get our picture taken with Santa. While we were there, Mom and Dad would pick up a couple boxes of Frango chocolates, the mint ones. If we were good with Santa, we’d get to have a few of these super yummy chocolates on the drive home. Of course, we were always good and always got to get a chocolate treat!
Now, Frederick and Nelson has long closed and when I’m in Seattle, I take my kids to Nordstrom to see Santa. BUT… the chocolates can be found at Macy’s! My dad surprised me with two boxes of chocolates in a care package yesterday! I was so excited to see them!
These chocolates are bite size… perfect for popping one in your mouth when you want a hit of smooth, creamy mint chocolate goodness. Seriously, they are one of my favorites. I wondered though, could I melt down these chocolates and put them in a cupcake?
So this morning, I did just that! I took one of my most favorite recipes for chocolate cake and adapted it to include the Frango Mint Chocolates! YUM! Since I’ve done a chocolate mint cupcake before that was topped with a green mint buttercream, I wanted to do something different with these and top them with a chocolate frosting that had more of the Frangos melted and added to the butter and sugar. Soooooo good.
I’m sure if you can’t find any of these chocolates, you could just a good bar of your favorite mint chocolate. I’m pretty certain Lindt has a 4oz bar that would be perfect!
See those pretty green liners I’m using? I was given those by Shannon Harvey, owner of Sweets & Treats Boutique to test out! Sweets & Treats makes greaseproof liners that are supposed to stand up to the discoloration that often happens when baking cupcakes, especially chocolate and other dark colored cake. Shannon sent me 4 sleeves of liners in all kinds of patterns and colors. For these cupcakes, I chose the solid green liners to bring out the mint aspect of the cupcake. Since I was baking chocolate cupcakes, I wasn’t too sure how much color these liners would hold… but, I was happily surprised! They held their color really well and stuck to the cupcake nicely! Especially with this dark cake, I was happy that I could still see a lot of green in these liners! I would definitely use them again! Thanks Shannon for sending them to me!