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From enhancing the taste of coffee to elevating confections, crème de menthe is a mint-flavored liqueur that adds to the flavor of desserts and beverages without overpowering other ingredients. Sometimes added during the preparation of recipes, crème de menthe also serves as a syrupy topping for cakes, pastries, fresh fruit, and ice cream. Since the flavoring is concentrated liqueur syrup, you’ll find that a small amount of crème de menthe goes a long way. When you’re looking for a dessert or drink with a minty flavor, consider the following suggestions that take full advantage of crème de menthe:

* Grasshopper Pie

Using a graham cracker crust or cookie crust made out of chocolate wafers (or Oreos), Grasshopper Pie (shown above)  is a chiffon pie served cold that offers a distinct chocolate and mint flavor. The crust is typically baked for a short time and then chilled before adding ingredients. Depending on the recipe, you may use marshmallows, cream cheese, and whipping cream when making the pie filling.

* Crème de Menthe Parfaits

For a frozen sweet treat perfect for dinner parties, create a parfait using 1 pint fresh raspberries, ½ cup crème de menthe liqueur, and 2 pints of French vanilla ice cream as layers – all topped with whipped cream. Many recipes exist, which make use of other ingredients, such as white creme de cacao, chocolate wafer crumbs, crushed pineapple, and fresh mint leaves.

* Crème de Menthe Coupes

Coupes are usually ice cream or fruit-flavored ice sweet treats served in a special dessert glass. Haagen-Dazs offers a recipe for Crème de Menthe Coupes that uses a carton of their Mint Chip Ice Cream layered with green creme de menthe syrup and chopped pistachio nuts. Fresh mint leaves, hot fudge sauce and whipped cream serve as delicious toppings.

* Crème de Menthe Cheesecake

The options in cheesecake know no bounds and there are plenty of variations that take mint flavors to new heights. For example, you can use 2 tablespoons of green or white crème de menthe liqueur to enhance the flavor of filling for a creamy cheesecake that uses mint candies as a garnish. Land O Lakes has a recipe with a crust that uses finely crushed chocolate graham crackers.

* Creme De Menthe Brownies

When you crave a chocolaty sweet treat with a little kick, consider the minty blast of Creme De Menthe Brownies. Use a package of Creme de Menthe baking chips to heighten the taste of the brownies. A chocolate frosting makes a delicious cover for the dessert. Since shaved Creme de Menthe thins serve as a topping, using Andes is a convenient and inexpensive way to decorate the brownies.

Crème de Menthe for Drinks

Crème de menthe allows you to add a mint flavor to your favorite coffees and teas. From a variety of hot and cold beverages, just ½ teaspoon of the liqueur will do the trick. Another way to include crème de menthe in your drinks is to add ¼ teaspoon over ice before pouring a glass of soda. The flavoring also adds pizzazz to an assortment of after-dinner drinks and fruit-flavored alcoholic beverages, including daiquiris and margaritas.

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