These chocolate peppermint kisses are very far removed from the original Norwegian “melting moments” I enjoyed way back in the 90’s! For many years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity of spending Christmas in Norway with my lovely friend Marita and her family. It was a special holiday full of firsts; we drove through the snow into the mountains (in “snowsuits”) to choose Christmas trees which we hacked down and dragged back to the car! We visited a local fishing village to choose which of the freshly caught cod would be our traditional Christmas (eve) dinner. We went for a walk in insane storms, ate ice creams in the icy conditions, got to dance around the Christmas tree and participate in celebrating the twelve days of Christmas… we also ate fabulously and laughed regularly.
During that holiday Marita’s mum and older brother baked up a storm, fresh bread every day and fresh biscuits too. I learnt how to make their “melting moments” which are delicious, melt in your mouth, Norwegian, Christmas vanilla ball shaped biscuits. Their recipe was full of butter and gluten which was not an issue back then. Since I had Aars I discovered they work just as well without the butter and gluten, you can try my adaption of their recipe with my vanilla and raspberry kisses.
Last year I adapted them further to create a delicious christmassy chocolate and peppermint kiss. I love the freshness of the peppermint with the warm richness of the chocolate biscuit. I make them dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free with cocoa so they are not sweet, then I add a “butter” cream flavoured with peppermint – transforming them into little kisses!