LC Chocolate Mints
from Chuck Dudek
8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
6 Tablespoons Hershey’s cocoa
1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or 2-4 tablespoons peanut butter)
1/4 cup cream
40 Equal tablets dissolved in a little water.
Soften but do not melt cream cheese and butter either in microwave or at room temperature then blend by hand using a rubber spatula. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Spoon into small ruffled paper cups (like chocolates are packaged in) to make about 15 heaping cups and refrigerate until firm. Store in refrigerator. 27 grams total (net of fiber) for the mint chocolates, 31-35 grams total for choco-peanut cups.
Note: If you use 20 Equal or Splenda packets instead of 40 Equal tablets, add 16 grams to total. If you use different brands of products, adjust the gram count accordingly. Peter Pan has 2 grams (net) per tablespoon. I could not find a count for peppermint extract, so I counted it as 1/2 gram, same as vanilla. Try these--you’ll like them.