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Peppermint Challenge - Peppermint Essential Oil Vs. Peppermint Extract

Today I experimented with peppermint essential oil and peppermint extract.  I want to know which one of the two type flavourings results in a more flavourful, scrumptious peppermint brownie.   In the video my friend Stephanie and I split a regular brownie recipe in half.  We flavoured one half with peppermint essential oil and the other with peppermint extract.  In order to have an unbiased opinion we conducted a blind taste test in which our test subject (our kiddos) were given 2 types of brownies.  They have no idea the type of peppermint flavouring added to the brownies.  We asked them to have a sip of water in between brownies.  After the taste test we asked them which brownies they like better and why.



If you are curious about the recipe here it is.  The resulting recipe yields one 8" by 8" brownies.  

Peppermint Brownies

1 cup Chipits semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cups butter
1 cup sugar
1/2  cups plus 1/8 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
2 drops of Young Living peppermint essential oil

Glaze
3/4 cups Chipits semi sweet chocolate chips cookies
2 tablespoons of each butter and water

Preheat oven at 350 F
In a double boiler melt the chocolate chips and butter.  Once melted remove from heat and add sugar, flour, baking powder,  and eggs.  Mix with a fork until well blended.  Pour on parchment lined 8" by 8" square baking pan.  Bake for 15 mins or less.  Toothpick must come out with moist crumbs.  Spread glaze on top.  

To make glaze:
Place chocolat chips, butter, and water in a bowl.  Place bowl on top of boiling water.  Stir until melted.  Spread glaze on brownies.  Enjoy.  NOTE:  you do not need to completely cool brownies.  Glaze can be added even when brownies are hot.

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