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Whether you’re hosting an intimate evening or having a buffet for 20, the effort to make these chocolate-dipped min leaves is minimal.

Tad Seaborn/The Globe and Mail

Two simple ingredients – chocolate and fresh mint – come together in this simple after-dinner bite. These chocolate-dipped mint leaves make a beautiful, handmade presentation and are the perfect blend of sweet and refreshing for a festive gathering. Whether you're hosting an intimate evening or having a buffet for 20, the effort is minimal but the return ("I can't believe you made these!") will be addictive.

Ingredients

2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (or 1/3 cup chips)

mint leaves

Method

Melt 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (or 1/3 cup chips) in a double boiler (being careful that no water gets into the chocolate mixture) or in the microwave and cool till warm – you should be able to safely dip your finger in.

Remove your mint leaves from the stem, picking the freshest leaves.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Holding each leaf by the end, run it through the chocolate to coat one side about half way up the leaf.

Place on baking sheet and allow to harden in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.

Serve straight from the freezer to get the crispest chocolate crunch.

To make in advance, store in the freezer in a small sealed container.

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