Thin Mint Fudge: Semisweet chocolate fudge flavored with peppermint and topped with Thin Mint cookies.
Today the Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House.
I was amused on Twitter as people, who clearly know nothing about hockey, commenting about what great Americans the team was and even the President chiming in that they were patriots.
They might be patriots…but not of this country. Over half the Penguins team is from a different country.
In fact, only 25.6% of the NHL are US born players. 45% of course coming from Canada. The rest coming from a variety of countries…the coolest thing being that we have a player from Australia now.
I have seen a lot of people comment that hockey players would never disgrace the the flag like the NFL.
But that is comparing Apples to Lizards. Yes, I skipped oranges because it’s that different.
Most of the NFL players are American.
Most of the NHL players are NOT American.
So it’s fair to say that most of the NHL really isn’t all that interested in American politics.
Most of the NFL players are black.
Most of the NHL players are white.
So it’s fair to say most of the NHL players have not had much discrimination in their lifetime for the color of their skin. They NHL has about 30 players who are black. Many of the black players have started to speak out that they too were discriminated against.
Most of the NFL players were poor growing up.
Most of the NHL came from upper middle class or rich families.
Hockey is a costly sport. Just to play adult recreational hockey we pay about $1200 a year…for the league. Then there is the equipment.
I’m lucky that my feet still fit in junior sizes so skates are cheaper for me. But a good adult pair of hockey skates will run you around $700. That’s just for skates. We have helmets, gloves, shin pads, elbow pads, shoulder pads, pants, garter, cup, socks, jerseys, and sticks. What you are looking at is about $2000 for equipment. And we as adults stop growing…well at least vertically we do. 😛
But youth hockey has growing kids who have to have their gear replaced as they grow. If they play recreational hockey they don’t pay as much in league fee but all the players who make it to the NHL played on elite teams…which cost a lot of money. Granted when they are a really good player they often get scholarships but in general travel hockey is very pricey.
The parents work the type of jobs that they can drive their kids to and from practices and go to travel games with their kids, another luxury of being upper-middle class.
Even the rec league hockey guys all make pretty good money…you kind of have to when a good stick runs $275 a pop.
Most of the NFL players did not come from the type of families that NHL players came from. Many were from single parent homes and mostly poor homes. Hardships I’m guessing most of the NHL players did not have to go through.
Twitter was also filled with people saying how proud they were of the Penguins going and visiting the president. That he deserved their respect. That they were a real American team.
Yes, Pittsburgh is in the United States. But again, over half the team is not American.
And while the Penguins insist the visit to the White House was not political…I offer this:
The Penguins went to the Obama White House twice. His first year and his last year in office. Both times they presented Obama with a jersey that had his name and the number 44 on it.
President Trump was given nothing.
The Penguins both times took formal photos with Obama. They did not with Trump.
One photo of the visit was officially released on social media…it did not include the president. They posted nothing about it on Twitter or Instagram. Their own website has the photo of the guys without the president.
So I can assure you a statement was made.
I propose this. Instead of worrying about forcing people to stand for the anthem/flag…why don’t we focus on making America a place where everyone wants to stand on their own.
Enough of that fun…here’s fudge.
I had one box of Thin Mints left. You may ask how is that possible? We moved during Girl Scout Cookie time so a couple were left in a box we had not unpacked. What a yummy surprise…now if I can just randomly find $15,000 that would be great. 🙂
If you can’t find Thin Mints you can buy Grasshoppers which are like Thin Mints…but not as good IMHO.
I say make fudge and start being kinder to each other!
Thin Mint Fudge
2 cups granulated sugar
4 oz. unsalted butter
⅓ cup heavy cream
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. peppermint extract
7-ounce jar marshmallow crème
15 Thin Mint (or Grasshopper) cookies, chopped into pieces
Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment with an overhang so you can lift the fudge out later and coat with baking spray.
Combine sugar, butter, and heavy cream into a large heavy bottomed sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Once boiling, attach a candy thermometer and reduce the heat to a hair above medium low and cook for 7-10 minutes until your thermometer reads 234°F (soft ball stage) , stirring constantly.
Once you reach 234F remove from heat and add the chocolate chips, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
Add the peppermint extract and marshmallow crème and mix until well blended.
Fold in half the cookie pieces.
Pour into prepared pan.
Sprinkle remaining Thin Mint Cookie pieces and press slightly down (with a wooden spoon) to make sure they adhere to the fudge.
Let cool to room temperature.
Then lift out of the pan and onto a cutting board.
Cut into whatever amount you want. I think I got about 32 pieces.