Peppermint Crisp Tart is THE famous South African dessert that's delicious and very easy to make, even if you don't live in South Africa! Caramel, peppermint chocolate, cream and a biscuit (cookies) is all that you need to make this recipe.
If you're fortunate enough to be invited to a South African friend's house for dinner, be sure to ask for this dessert. We recently enjoyed this at our friends Christo and Yolanda's house, I'm telling you that South African's can cook! Lucky to have so many South Africans living in Australia.
What is Peppermint Crisp Tart?
Peppermint Crisp Tart is a famous South African dessert! It get's its name from the Peppermint Crisp candy bar, which is obviously from South Africa. You only need 4 ingredients, Coconut flavored Tennis biscuits, caramel (dulce de leche), whipped cream and the famous Peppermint Crisp Chocolate Bars.
It's a layered dessert which is usually served in a large dish or bowl, which you can scoop with a spoon to serve. This recipe makes it a bit fancier (in my opinion) and made in individual serve glasses. It's the perfect dessert to make for a birthday party, kids love this sweet treat! By kids, I mean me! 🤣
The South African Peppermint Crisp candy bars are the hero of this dish. They are easily found in stores in South Africa, UK, Australia and New Zealand. They are chocolate covered mint flavoured toffee cylinders. It's like green shards of peppermint flavored candy, crunchy and delicious. It adds flavor and texture to your creamy dessert.
How to Make Peppermint Crisp Tart
To crush the Tennis biscuits, just place them into a Ziploc bag and break apart using a rolling pin. You can also pulse in a food processor, but I find that it's another thing extra thing to clean afterwards.
If you can't find a can of caramel sauce, use Dulce de Leche instead (which is basically the same thing). Or you can make homemade caramel sauce by boiling a can of sweetened condensed milk. In Russian, we call homemade caramel in a can sgushenka. Check out my homemade Caramel recipe, it's a childhood favorite of mine.
It's so easy to make this dessert. Mix in the caramel with the whipped cream, and add in the grated chocolate. Grating the chocolate is the hardest part of this recipe. If grating a Peppermint Aero, I'd freeze the chocolate first to make it easier to grate, or roughly chop it. Finally you layer the ingredients, cream, cookies and cream, that's how easy it is. Place in fridge for 2 hours, so it's served cold.
How to make Peppermint Crisp Tart in a Glass
This is a recipe for Peppermint Crisp Tart in a glass, instead of made as a single large dish (like in a glass lasagna dish). If you prefer the large pan version, you don't need to crush the Tennis cookies, simply lay them whole and layer with cream. I've even seen a Peppermint Crisp Tart Trifle, which I think looks nicer than the dish version.
Have a look at the inside of a Peppermint Crisp candy bar in the photo below. It has crunchy sugar shards that are covered in chocolate. That's the crisp part of the candy bar. Like I said, try to find it on Amazon, it's definitely worth to try something new and delicious.
Peppermint Crisp Tart Substitutions
Some of these ingredients can be hard to find outside of South Africa. Amazon usually has these ingredients, and South African stores definitely will. Or just ask your local South African friend where they get their favorite foods from.
If you can't find a Tennis biscuit, then you can substitute with NICE cookies. Someone suggested to me that a Coconut Bar Cookie from Dollar General will work perfectly. If you can find a generic butter cookie with some coconut flavor in it, that would be great. I've even heard of someone substituting the cookies with crushed Oreo's.
Can't find Peppermint Crisps? The only chocolate bar substitute I can think to use would be a Peppermint Aero or Peppermint Bark. Aero can be hard to grate, so the Peppermint Bark might work better because the pieces of candy cane would be similar in flavor to Peppermint Crisps. It can be hard to find the original candy bar, and expensive, so use these substitutes instead. So now you have no excuses to stop you from making this delicious dessert!
Peppermint Crisp Tart is an incredibly easy dessert recipe, which only needs 4 ingredients, which are available in every South Africans household! Everyone is going to love this dessert! Plus it's something a little bit different from your usual treats, I promise you, everyone won't stop talking about this! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Peppermint Crisp Tart
- 1 packet of Bakers Tennis Biscuits crushed
- 13 oz /380g can of caramel treat or dulce de leche
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 6 Peppermint Crisp Chocolate Bars grated
- Whip the whipping cream until thick and peaks form. Don't over whip into butter!
- Whisk the caramel into the whipped cream. Add 5 grated Peppermint Crisp Chocolate Bars to the mix. Save 1 chocolate bar to use as a garnish before serving.
- Prepare 4-6 individual glasses.
- Spoon a layer of caramel cream into he bottom or each glass. Add a layer of crushed cookies on top of the caramel cream. Repeat with another layer of cream. Can add more than 1 layer of crumbed cookies if you like.
- Garnish with crushed Peppermint Crisp chocolate and fresh mint.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.