Chocolate Mint
Though chocolate mint is named more for the color of its branches than for the flavor, there's enough of a hint to add a refreshing twist to chocolatey desserts.

Chocolate Mint

  • Type: Perennial in zones 3 to 11
  • Planting time: After last frost in spring or in fall (up to 2 to 3 weeks before first frost in cold zones)
  • Features: Green leaves with strong menthol flavor
  • Light: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Fertile, moist
  • Spacing: 18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size: 24 inches tall, 18 to 24 inches wide
  • Garden use: Herb gardens, beside water gardens, or in containers
  • Culinary use: Use leaves fresh, dried, or frozen in water

Chocolate mint leaves have a delightful minty chocolate flavor, much like the classic Girl Scout cookie. Stems tend to run rampantly over — and under — €”soil. In small garden spaces, it’s best to tuck chocolate mint into a pot to curtail its wandering ways. Chocolate mint thrives alongside water gardens or in damp spots in the yard. Lushest growth occurs in moist soil in partial shade. Crush fresh leaves into water for a refreshing beverage, or add to tea or coffee. You can also dry leaves for flavoring desserts, like ice cream, meringues, quick breads, or cakes. Pick leaves frequently. Plants open lavender blooms in late summer. Tolerates light frost.

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Chocolate Mint is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavenly fragrance and flavor I bought this about June, ~5 months ago, and love it! The published info said it might take over the small garden, so it’s corralled in a large pot. It gives off its chocolate mint fragrance if I barely touch it. I did find, at the garden center, that some specimens of this plant had much more chocolate odor than others did, and noticed that the ones with the most chocolate happened to be ones with chocolate colored stems. It seems more sunlight might cause the development of the chocolate scent and taste, although it stays healthy in shadier conditions. If you pot it, you can move it when needed. The mint component of the flavor is there all the time, but the chocolate can be weak. It is said to do well in wet soil, and I found if I let it get too dry, it suffered. As with most plants, if it wilts, the older leaves die first, leaving a bare section on the stem, which is not attractive. But you can remove that stem to make it produce a new, leafier one. Just one larger leaf was enough to flavor a mug of coffee. In warm weather, cuttings of this were rooting in water in 3 days, on my north window sill. Now, in November, the window gets no direct sun, which might be why it takes longer to start roots—but they’re now 1-2”!
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No water It did not show how much water it needed &gfdggcfvv
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite of the mints I love thus chocolate mint. A few leaf sprigs goes great with coffee. Will buy/grow again next season.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't remember where I got mine, but it stays green year round (except last winter) and grows like crazy in warmer months. Great addition to shakes and coffee.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We add it to bourbon drinks and it is very good instead of regular mint in mint juleps.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Variety!: I was looking for a variety of mint I would like the best, and I found a small pot of Chocolate mint.(by Bonnie's plants) I mowed it down after a while, and it's grown back fast, and full. Definitely a recommended if you like chocolatey-mint!
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this mint: I am a mint lover, who just loves it for it’s own sake. I have over 19 mint varieties. Chocolate Mint is my favorite. I bought a pot last year and made 9 smaller plants off of the runners last year. They are all doing great. This is a “wow!” mint that tastes and smells just like Andes after dinner mints. It has a nice height, grows quickly and has an interesting color. This is a good mint.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great choice: I have had my chocolate mint for a few years now. I live in Minnesota (Zone 4), and have it near the back of the house where it gets plenty of Sun from the south. To constrain it, I found a gray 5-gallon bucket and had my husband cut out the bottom, so I just have the rim plus about 8 to 10". I then worked the bucket into the ground around my mint plant until about 3" of the rim still showed above ground. That way it keeps the plant from running underground and I can sweep my hand around the edge above to catch runners.
Date published: 2016-03-12
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