Dessert

Caramel Peppermint dessert – Dulce de Leche ice cream

Caramel Peppermint Dessert

This rich and decadent Caramel Peppermint dessert with layers of chocolate coconut flavored cookies, caramel cream, banana and mint chocolate is a quick and easy dessert that is loved by many South Africans.

I don’t remember when I first tasted a version of this pudding sometimes also referred to as Peppermint Crisp tart, except that I found it too sickly sweet… a combination of the caramel and the peppermint crisp chocolate bars used.

The peppermint crisp chocolate bars are actually thin cylinders of mint flavoured candy enclosed in milk chocolate and is not widely available outside of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, so any mint flavoured milk chocolate could be used. I often use a Cadbury Mint milk chocolate bar.

Originally this dessert was made with Orly whip, a South African non-dairy alternative to whipping cream that tripled in volume once beaten. I never much cared for non-dairy alternatives and have always used double thick or whipping cream in my version of this Caramel Peppermint dessert.

In the days before ready made Caramel Treat or Dulce de leche, we boiled cans of condensed milk for about 3.5 hours to get it to a rich and unctuous blend of caramelized full cream milk and sugar, that could be used in desserts or cakes as fillings or toppings.

Caramel Peppermint Dessert

For my version of Caramel peppermint dessert, I have always added a few drops of lemon juice to the caramel to slightly reduce the sweetness cream and to the banana slices to prevent browning.

The Caramel Peppermint dessert is so versatile that it can be used as a pudding or no churn ice cream. For pudding it should be refrigerated for a minimum of 2 hours before serving. For the no churn ice cream prepare the recipe as indicated but layer the dessert in a freezer proof container and freeze overnight or for a minimum of 5 hours.

I have used Tennis biscuits (coconut shortbread style cookies) as well as Romany creams (chocolate coconut cookies) in this recipe and both options work well with the dulce de leche. The Nestle Caramel Treat or dulce de leche can usually be found with the other baking essentials or near the condensed milk at your supermarket. I always use the Nestle brand of Caramel Treat as it saves hours of boiling and has a consistently delicious flavour.

Caramel Peppermint Dessert

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Desserts

Caramel Peppermint Dessert

Caramel Peppermint dessert

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South African
Keyword: easy, summer
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 366 kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder
Rich and decadent dessert with layers of chocolate coconut flavored cookies, caramel cream, banana and mint chocolate.
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Ingredients

Dessert

  • 200 grams chocolate coconut cookies
  • 375 grams Caramel Treat or Dulce de Leche equivalent to 1 can of Nestle Caramel Treat
  • 250 ml double thick cream
  • 5 ml lemon juice
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced splashed with 2.5 ml of the lemon juice

Decoration

  • 250 ml whipping cream
  • 50 grams Cadbury mint chocolate grated or one 35 gram Peppermint crisp bars broken into small pieces
  • 10 Pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Crush the chocolate coconut cookies and add one third to the bottom of the dessert bowl.
  2. Slice the bananas and splash with 2.5 ml of the lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the caramel and 2.5 ml of the lemon juice until smooth and then add to the double thick whipped cream.
  5. Whip again to combine and ensure that it is not runny.
  6. Pour half the caramel cream mixture over the cookie crumbs and add a layer of banana slices.
  7. Add another layer of cookie crumbs, caramel cream and banana slices.
  8. Top with the rest of the cookie crumbs and decorate with whipped cream, grated chocolate or chocolate pieces and pecan halves.

Recipe Notes

  • For the no churn ice cream prepare the recipe as indicated but layer the dessert in a freezer proof container and freeze overnight or for a minimum of 5 hours.
  • If you cannot find ready made caramel treat or dulce de leche you can also use 1 can of full cream condensed milk boiled for approximately 3.5 hours to caramelise the sugars.
Nutrition Facts
Caramel Peppermint dessert
Amount Per Serving (60 g)
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 198mg 8%
Potassium 247mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 24.1%
Vitamin C 6.3%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Caramel Peppermint Dessert

This recipe was first published on March 25, 2015 and has since been updated. Eek below is the original photo!

Caramel peppermint dessert

OMG! Original Caramel peppermint dessert photo

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Sally - My Custard Pie
    June 30, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    That’s so beautiful I would have resisted disturbing it with a spoon…. almost!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      July 1, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Haha Sally! As much as I wanted a photo with a big serving of pudding, I could not bring myself to ruin it before it was served to guests 🙂

  • Reply
    Nina
    June 30, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe. I really need to try this at home

  • Reply
    Catalina Nini
    June 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Caramel and mint – my favourite things in the world. I grew up with having fresh mint in my garden so everything mint related reminds me of home. The recipe looks so scrumptious and it will be perfect for summertime.

  • Reply
    David Allen Elliott
    June 29, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I have to say that the dessert looks amazing. Very delicious. I am just curious as to how the flavor combinations would blend here. Caramel and peppermint sound like a unique blending of flavors I haven’t tried before and would not have thought of myself.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 29, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      South Africans tend to have a thing for weird and wonderful combinations and this one is a keeper for all time 🙂 I must confess that I quite like the crunch of the crushed hard candy peppermint chocolate bars but when those are not available, a milk chocolate one with peppermint bits is good too.

  • Reply
    Eboni Dixon
    June 29, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    This looks great. I’ve never considered pairing caramel and peppermint! Love the new photos!!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 29, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      Thank you! The original photos were hastily taken on a mobile phone before the pudding was devoured at a work party! The peppermint flavor comes from the chocolate and is not very overpowering but does seem to complement the caramel taste well.

  • Reply
    Koby
    June 29, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    This ice cream looks soo good!! I wish i had someone right here, right now. But since i have the recipe right now, I’m gonna try it myself.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      The picture is of the dessert option and it is easily transformed into ice cream by freezing for a few hours. I really want to see if I can transform this into a salted caramel ice cream without destroying what I love about the original.

  • Reply
    Rhian westbury
    June 29, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Caramel and peppermint are a great combination, this looks so tasty with so many layers x

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 29, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Haha my niece and I were fighting over the bowl when I made it at Eid 🙂

  • Reply
    cait
    June 29, 2018 at 12:21 am

    omg you had me at caramel but now adding the peppermint- ill be making this asap for sure ha!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 29, 2018 at 11:44 am

      It is a winning combination and one that is much loved 🙂

  • Reply
    Sarah
    June 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Such a lovely recipe, Razena! Pinning this for later 🙂

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      June 28, 2018 at 10:17 pm

      It’s so easy to make, and I think ice cream is perfect for balmy summer nights 🙂

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