Sno-Caps were always my favorite candy as a kid (Yes, I know they are just chocolate chips with sprinkles on them…) but I remember thinking they were so hard to find outside of a movie theater. Luckily, we carry them at the CVS where I work so I was able to buy some for these cookies! These cookies use not only regular Sno-Caps but also a similar candy with a minty flavor and fun pastel colors. Add some peppermint extract and you have mint chocolate chip cookies, a fun take on an old classic.
Sno-Caps are currently sold by Nestle but they were created by The Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate and Cocoa Company. The brothers opened their doors in 1911 in the Philadelphia area. Their first candy product, the Bob White, was released in 1922. They were large nonpareils with a 2 1/2-inch diameter. Nonpareils are just little round sprinkles made of sugar and starch. In French, non pareils means ‘without equal.’ In the late 1920s, the size was reduced and and the smaller chocolate wafers covered in smaller nonpareils were marketed as Sno-Caps.
Mint Chocolate Sno-Caps Cookies
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup Sno-Caps nonpareil milk chocolate chips
1 cup Smooth ‘n Melty nonpareil mint chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Whisk or sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugars.
Beat in peppermint extract.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Gradually mix in flour mixture.
Fold in candy by hand.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake 9-11 minutes.
Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and remove to wire rack.