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Lightning Bolt Homemade After Eight Recipe | My Harry Potter Kitchen II (Recipe #10)

Hello Foodie Witches & Wizards!

Welcome back to My Harry Potter Kitchen! This is my Harry Potter blog dedicated to all things food and drink, where I'm rereading the Wizarding World books creating Harry Potter recipes for all the treats we find inside! Last week we created a homely Lightning Bolt Pull-Apart Bread recipe perfect for a Harry Potter Dinner Party.

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This week we've got some more Wizarding World candy on the way!

We've made it to Chapter Two of the Chamber of Secrets - 'Dobby's Warning' so let's see what's up next:

"Aunt Petunia was just handing round a box of after-dinner mints when a huge barn owl swooped in through the dining room window"

Uh oh! Looks like there's more trouble afoot! It's a good thing chocolate has magical properties to get us through this one.

After dinner mints - particularly the After Eight - are world-famous chocolate treats to bring your meal to a close. I've always wondered how to make after eight mints so was pleased to see it appear in this week's quote. If you haven't heard of After Eights then you might know them as Andes Mints or Peppermint Patties.

The famous After Eight is made from a swift gooey peppermint fondant that is coated in a crisp outer shell of dark chocolate. This week I'll show you how to temper your chocolate for the perfect snap, make a soft fondant that melts in your mouth - and decorate them into our signature Lightning Bolt shape!

You can tailor this recipe to make your homemade After Eight in any shape or size you like - what will yours be?

Want to try making your own After Eights at home? Follow the step by step recipe below to create your own after dinner mints!

Homemade After Eight Recipe Ingredients

(makes 9 - 12 mints)

for the dark chocolate shell

  • 200g dark chocolate

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

for the peppermint fondant filling

  • 300g icing sugar

  • 60ml milk

  • ¾ tsp peppermint extract


  1. Melt 100g of your dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water. Stir until nice and smooth. Chop up the rest of your chocolate.

  2. Remove the chocolate from the heat and slowly add in the solid chocolate, stirring until melted. Carry on until all your chocolate is incorporated. Pour half the tempered chocolate into a piping bag with a writing nozzle and then pipe out your shapes on some baking paper (Wizard Tip! Trace your design onto the baking paper using a stencil and then you'll have the perfect shape every time).

  3. Once all your bases are piped place into the fridge for 15 minutes

  4. While your chocolate is setting make your peppermint fondant by placing your icing sugar into a bowl and making a well in the middle. Pour in your milk and peppermint extract and mix through - the fondant should be a stiff royal icing (see the video for reference). Add more milk/icing sugar if necessary.

  5. Place the fondant into a piping bag and pipe the fondant into the centre of each chocolate base leaving a thin gap around the outside. Place into the fridge to set (or flash freeze for 5 minutes if you're in a rush)

  6. Stir the coconut oil into the rest of your melted chocolate to help it pour and get a nice crisp finish. Place the mints onto a wire rack and then pour the melted chocolate over your fondants allowing any excess to run off the sides. Make sure all the sides are sealed and you have a nice clean finish. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes until completely set

These homemade After Eight mints are the perfect way to end your Harry Potter dinner party so why not wow your guests before they leave! If you plan on giving them a go, let me know how they turn out by sharing your pictures on Instagram using the hashtag #MyHarryPotterKitchen and follow @BradBakes - don't forget to tag me too!

I hope you enjoyed this week's recipe from the Chamber of Secrets! Be sure to Subscribe to Bradley Bakes on YouTube and click on the notification bell to be the first to see the latest recipes every Magic Monday!

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