Friday, November 25, 2011

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc. is America's favorite candy company, manufacturing and selling some of the world's most popular confectionary brands. Beginning in a modest New York candy store with the Tootsie Roll's introduction in 1896, the Chicago-based company has grown to become one of the country's largest candy companies, with operations throughout North America and with distribution channels in more than 75 countries.

Together, the Tootsie brands resonate strongly among every age group, culture, and demographic; for every occasion and event; and during every economic climate, qualifying them as truly enduring, iconic American confections.

As the number one after-dinner mint, Andes Crème de Menthe delivers a smooth blend of mint and chocolate flavors–the perfect post-meal treat.

The iconic, rectangular three-layered candy‚ green mint sandwiched between two thin cocoa-based layers‚ became instantly popular after its 1950 launch, and it has remained an American favorite ever since. The individually foil-wrapped, bite-sized pieces enhance any social gathering or event, yet remain equally popular as self-indulgent treats.

Andes Candies was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1921 by Andrew Kanelos. Originally called Andy's Candies, the business produced a variety of boxed chocolates which it sold from a small Chicago storefront. The business grew to include 150 stores. With the expansion of the business, a factory was built to supply the stores, and the name was changed to Andes Candies.

In 1950, the Andes store product line was increased to include the Crème de Menthe candy piece. This three-layer mint has remained the cornerstone of the brand. Today, this delicious and refreshing candy is the number one selling after-dinner mint.

Over the years, Andes has expanded to include a variety of flavors and packages, including the popular Cherry Jubilee, Mint Parfait, Toffee Crunch Thins, and seasonal Peppermint Crunch.

Andes joined the Tootsie family in 2000, expanding its line in 2003 to include Crème de Menthe baking chips. Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips were added in 2005.

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes
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1 (15.25 oz) triple chocolate fudge cake mix
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (8.5 oz) bag Andes mint candy
vanilla frosting, recipe below
cupcake liners

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixing bowl, add cake mix, water, vegetable oil, eggs, sour cream, mix well. Line regular muffin cups with paper cupcake liners. Fill the cups 3/4 with batter. Place 1 Andes mint candy on top of batter. Bake for 18 minutes, or when toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. When cool enough, remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. Making sure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting. Garnish with Andes mint candy. Enjoy!

Vanilla frosting:
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Spread over cupcakes.

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  1. Super yummy looking cupcakes, Christine! I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday yesterday.

  2. Hi Alaiyo,

    Thanks! I hope you and your family had a great day yesterday.

  3. I just love Tootsie Roll but haven't eaten it for quiet sometime now :D Your recipe sounds good ;)

  4. Man, I just love Tootsie Rolls! Great to see it on a cupcake!

  5. Yes, this will have to be made soon!! I love andes mints. Thank you for all the interesting info as always.:)

  6. Mmmmmmm but they look so delicious, Diane

  7. Chocolate mint cupcakes sound delicious! Thanks for sharing this great recipe Christine! Have a good one! =]

  8. Thank you everyone for all the kind comments. I love them all.

  9. I haven't had tootsie rolls in a while...but I had no idea they were also the Andes mint company! Have a GREAT weekend!

  10. I want a piece of your delicious cupcakes:D Chocolate mint is one of my favorite chocolates! Hope you have a wonderful weekend Christine:)

  11. Awesome cupcakes! I love getting those candies after dinner :) The perfect combination-mint and chocolate! Great recipe!

  12. My kids would love these! Great recipe, Christine :)

  13. Looks nice and minty!! Happy Thanksgiving, Christin! Hope you had a wonderful celebration with family, friends and delicious meals too.

  14. They look so pretty & I am sure they are delicious too....

  15. I remember coveting Andes mints as a child. These look wonderful!

  16. Yummmmmm! Another great recipe Christine! :)

  17. Oh my this is such a coinkydink, I am sitting here eating after eights and pretending I'm "working" right now. Hubs has no clue. *giggles*

  18. delicious looking cupcakes looks wonderful

  19. I used to love these mints as a kid! Your cupcakes sound wonderful!

  20. I love andes mints, these look delicious! And the background info is very interesting-thanks for sharing!

  21. These sound delicious and I love the candy garnish!


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