Homemade Chocolate Mint Candies (Like Junior Mints)

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Creating homemade copycat recipes, like pineapple whip or Asian lettuce wraps is a hobby of mine. The latest in the lineup is homemade Junior Mints. With just a few simple ingredients, these are easy, tasty, and fun to pop in your mouth.

Making Junior Mints at Home

Candy making can be a tricky process! Sugars usually have to be heated to a certain temperature for a specific amount of time. Unlike some types of homemade candy, you don’t have to worry about that with these dairy-free Junior Mints lookalikes.

It took some trial and error, but it turns out that coconut oil, a little honey, and a little peppermint extract or peppermint essential oil taste just as good if not better than the real thing!

Tip: The coconut oil must be soft enough to easily mix in the honey and mint. If it’s not, you may have to melt it, mix in the other ingredients, and then chill it before making it into balls or patties.

Chill the mixture, then form it into whatever shape and size you’d like. Kids love to help with this part, which is why we ended up with a variety of interesting looking lumps instead of the traditional flat oval shape. I figure it adds character and a personal touch!

Finally, chill the formed mints before being dipping them into melted chocolate. One final chill and they’re done!

Differences Between Homemade and Store-Bought Junior Mints

Store-bought Junior Mints are known for their soft, slightly melty center. An enzyme called invertase is used to make that happen. Invertase breaks the sucrose in sugar down into glucose and fructose and makes it soft and runny.

Since I make homemade Junior Mints with coconut oil and honey, they’re a little firmer at room temperature. However, coconut oil melts at such a low temperature that the warmth of your mouth will cause it to get pretty melty all on its own.

The other difference you’ll notice between homemade and store-bought is the difference in shininess. Store-bought Junior Mints are coated with confectioner’s glaze, which is made of a resin excreted by beetles.

Sorry, but I’m not coating my lovely chocolate-covered peppermint balls in beetlejuice just to make them shiny! I’m also not going to fiddle around with tempering chocolate perfectly. Life is just too short and they’re delicious without the added trouble!

A Couple More Homemade Candy Recipes to Try

I use coconut oil in many of my homemade confections. I’ve used it to make:

I doubt that these Junior Mints will have a chance to sit around the house for more than a couple of days, but if you have extra, try blending them into homemade ice cream or a milkshake! Confession: My husband and I made this boozy Junior Mints milkshake for St. Patrick’s Day one year. (For a healthier version use my homemade mint chip ice cream made with avocados to make it!)

Homemade Junior Mints Recipe

Make easy, minty, chocolate-dipped Junior Mint-like treats at home with coconut oil, honey, and peppermint extract.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Calories 66kcal
Author Katie Wells


32 mints




  • In a small bowl, mix together the softened coconut oil, honey, and peppermint extract.
  • Chill the mixture until it is firm enough to form into balls or patties.
  • Using a teaspoon-sized scoop, form the mixture into the desired shape, placing them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Chill the coconut/peppermint balls until firm.
  • When the peppermint balls are thoroughly chilled, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or a bowl placed over a pan of simmering water.
  • Working quickly, dip the balls one at a time into the melted chocolate and return them to the baking sheet.
  • Chill until the chocolate is set.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Junior Mints Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 13IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


You can make these as large or small as you’d like and whatever shape appeals to you.

Do you make candies at home? What’s your favorite to make (and eat!)?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


2 responses to “Homemade Chocolate Mint Candies (Like Junior Mints)”

  1. Kate Avatar

    5 stars
    Really great treat! We had a bit of trouble with the coconut oil melting before the chocolate set. Next time we’ll let the chocolate cool before dipping. The appearance didn’t affect the taste!

  2. eileen Avatar

    I enjoy reading your site
    Please let me know what substitute can be used for the coconut ingredient in the mint candy
    We do not use any coconut for health reasons
    Thank You

3.90 from 19 votes (18 ratings without comment)

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