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 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond what I was expecting. I bought this plant last year, it over took my flower bed, YAY!! I wanted it too. I love that it comes back every year. My kiddos eat it right off the plant and so do my dogs ;) I bought another one this year and planted it in a medium container, I hope it over takes the container and cascaded down it into the ground below. I love adding a leaf or two into my coffee and atop my cupcakes. I would highly recommend this plant to any yard big or small, even on a small deck or in a small apartment. This plant helps your tummy and gives a wonderful aroma.
Date published: 2015-07-22
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Planted my chocolate mint last summer in my herb garden on the side of the house, it came back this year yielding even more than last year. I have some in a pot on the front step, which is growing like crazy. I keep some with the stems in a bottle of water in the kitchen window and use it in tea, smoothies, cookies and other dishes. I have also decided to start some little pots to give as gifts. Love it.
Date published: 2015-06-07
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 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 Absolutely loved the aroma of this plant. I haven't tried baking with it yet, but if would crush some leaves in the bottom of a mug with sugar & then add your coffee, it is delicious. Lost my 1st plant to my hubby not realizing what it was in a pot...round 2 will be supervised more closely ;)
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great smelling plant: I have only recently purchased this plant and per my other experiences with mint, potted it. Any mint will wander and overtake a garden, so *POT* it. Don't isolate it in your garden, it will absolutely wander. A pot is the only way to ensure it won't get out of control.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Runner: As it says in the description "Stems tend to run rampantly over—and under—soil". I would add that they run rampantly through cracks, around corners, over edging and anything else in its way. Be careful and keep a close eye on this one. I found it to have a mild minty flavor, tea with a "hint" of mint.
Date published: 2016-03-12
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