All You Need to Know About Chocolate Mint: Herb Profile, Uses, and Benefits


If you’re looking for a delicious and fragrant addition to your garden, chocolate mint is an herb that will not disappoint. This easy-to-grow perennial herb is a favorite amongst gardeners for its rich chocolate aroma and flavor, making it a delightful addition to any herb garden or container.

Chocolate mint, also known as Mentha x piperita ‘Chocolate’, is a hybrid mint that is a cross between spearmint and peppermint. It gets its name from the strong chocolate overtones that its leaves emit when crushed. Like other mint varieties, chocolate mint grows quickly and can become invasive if not properly contained. Therefore, it’s best to grow chocolate mint in containers or in a designated area of the garden where it can freely spread without taking over.

In springtime, chocolate mint plants can be started from cuttings or purchased as young plants from nurseries or online sources. They prefer full sun to partial shade and thrive in moist, well-drained soil. Chocolate mint is quite hardy and can withstand colder conditions, making it suitable for planting in various climates. However, it is important to note that in Alaska or other areas with harsh winters, it is advisable to grow chocolate mint as a houseplant or to bring it indoors when the temperatures drop.

One of the great things about chocolate mint is that it does not require a lot of maintenance. It is a vigorous grower and will readily spread, so be prepared to harvest and prune it regularly to keep it in check. It’s important to water the herb regularly, especially during dry spells, as it prefers consistently moist soil. To prepare for winter, cut the plant back to about three inches above the soil level, as it will grow back again in the spring.

Whether you’re using chocolate mint for culinary purposes or simply enjoying its fragrance in your garden, this herb is a versatile and delightful addition to any home. Its leaves can be used in various sweet and savory dishes, such as desserts, drinks, and even savory recipes like roasted chicken or grilled vegetables. So why not give chocolate mint a try in your garden this year? You’re sure to love the wonderful aroma and unique flavor it brings to your favorite dishes!

Comparing Mint Plants: Spearmint, Apple, and Chocolate

When it comes to growing different varieties of mint, there are several options to choose from. In this article, we will be comparing spearmint, apple mint, and chocolate mint plants to help you decide which one is right for you.


Spearmint is the most common variety of mint and is known for its cool, refreshing flavor. It has a bright green color and a clean, slightly sweet taste with a hint of earthiness.

Spearmint is a fast-growing herb that prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It can be planted in the ground or in containers, making it a versatile option for both gardeners and apartment dwellers. It is also a great choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your garden.

Spearmint can be harvested in the springtime, and it is often used in cooking, teas, and cocktails. It can also be dried and stored for later use.

Apple Mint

Apple mint, as the name suggests, has a subtle apple flavor and aroma. It has broader leaves than spearmint and a slightly softer texture. Apple mint plants grow best in partial shade and moist soil.

Apple mint can be used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes, as well as in teas and cocktails. Like spearmint, it can be harvested in the springtime and dried for later use.

Chocolate Mint

Chocolate mint is a variety of mint that has a chocolatey flavor and aroma. It is a less common variety compared to spearmint and apple mint. Chocolate mint plants require similar growing conditions as other mints, preferring full sun and well-drained soil.

Chocolate mint can be used in desserts, hot chocolate, and mint-infused cocktails. Its unique flavor adds a twist to classic recipes.

In summary, spearmint is the most common variety of mint and has a clean, sweet flavor. Apple mint offers a subtle apple taste, while chocolate mint provides a chocolatey twist. Choose the variety that best suits your taste preferences and growing conditions!


Spearmint is a variety of mint that is known for its strong and refreshing aroma. It is one of the most common types of mint and is widely used for culinary purposes.

Spearmint plants are fast-growing, perennial herbs that can grow up to 3 feet tall. They have bright green leaves and produce small, purple flowers in the summer. Spearmint is easy to grow and is a great choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners.

When planting spearmint, it is best to choose a sunny location with well-drained soil. The herb can also be grown in containers, which is a good option for those with limited gardening space. Spearmint does well in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Spearmint is a hardy plant that can withstand a variety of conditions. It does best in full sun, but can also tolerate some shade. The plant requires regular watering, but be careful not to overwater, as it can lead to root rot. Spearmint is also drought-tolerant and can withstand short periods of dryness.

Harvesting spearmint is easy, as you can simply pluck the leaves off the plant as needed. The leaves can be used fresh or dried for later use. To maintain a healthy and productive plant, be sure to remove any dead or yellowing leaves.

Spearmint can be used in a variety of dishes, including teas, salads, soups, and desserts. It is also commonly used as a garnish. The herb has a mild, refreshing flavor that is often described as cool and minty.

Compared to other varieties of mint, spearmint has a milder and more sweet flavor. It is often used as a substitute for peppermint in recipes. The two herbs are similar in appearance, but peppermint has a stronger and more menthol-like taste.

Like other mints, spearmint can be propagated by using cuttings. Simply take a cutting from a mature spearmint plant and place it in a potting mix. Keep the soil moist and within a few weeks, the cutting should develop roots and begin growing.

Spearmint is also known for its natural pest-repellent properties. It can help keep ants, flies, and other insects away from your garden or houseplant. It is often planted between other plants to act as a natural repellent.

Spearmint is a versatile and easy-to-grow herb that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you use it for cooking, gardening, or simply enjoy its delightful fragrance, spearmint is a must-have herb for any herb garden.

Apple Mint

Apple mint is a variety of mint that is known for its strong apple-like aroma and flavor. It is a fast-growing herb that can be easily grown in containers or in the garden. Apple mint is a type of herb that thrives in full sun but can also tolerate some shade.

If you are planning to grow apple mint, it is important to choose a suitable location for it. Apple mint prefers moist, well-draining soil and should be planted in an area with good air circulation to prevent problems such as diseases and pests. When comparing apple mint to other mint varieties, it is worth noting that apple mint is usually more resistant to wind than other mints.

Apple mint can be propagated from both seeds and cuttings. If you choose to grow apple mint from seeds, you should start them indoors about 8 weeks before the last frost date. Once the seeds have germinated and the seedlings are about 2-3 inches tall, they can be transplanted into larger pots or containers. When planting apple mint in the garden, make sure to space the plants about 18-24 inches apart to allow enough room for them to grow.

Apple mint requires regular watering to keep the soil moist. You should water the plant whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. It is important not to overwater apple mint, as it can lead to root rot. To avoid this, make sure that the potting mix or soil has good drainage.

One of the great things about apple mint is that it is a perennial herb, meaning that it will come back year after year. This makes it an easy herb to grow, as it requires minimal care. Apple mint can also be grown indoors as a houseplant, as long as it receives enough bright, indirect light.

When it comes to harvesting apple mint, you can begin harvesting the leaves once the plant has become established and is about 6 inches tall. To harvest the leaves, simply pinch or cut them off just above a leaf node. This will encourage the plant to produce more leaves. Apple mint leaves can be used fresh or dried for use in teas, beverages, desserts, and savory dishes.

Apple mint can be prone to some pests, such as aphids and spider mites. If you notice any signs of pest infestation, you can try using natural remedies or insecticidal soap to control the problem. Another way to prevent pest infestation is by keeping the plant healthy through proper watering and fertilizing.

Overall, apple mint is a versatile and flavorful herb that can be enjoyed in a variety of culinary applications. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, apple mint is a great addition to any herb garden.

Chocolate Mint

Chocolate mint is a type of perennial mint that has a deliciously chocolatey flavor and aroma. It is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of recipes and is a popular choice for using in desserts and drinks. If you are a fan of chocolate and mint, this herb is a must-have in your garden.

Chocolate mint plants are easy to grow and propagate. You can start them from seeds or take cuttings from an existing plant. They are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 11, so they can be grown in most areas. If you live in a colder climate, you can grow chocolate mint indoors as a houseplant.

When planting chocolate mint, choose a sunny or partially shaded spot in your garden with well-drained soil. The plants prefer moist conditions, so be sure to water them regularly. However, be careful not to overwater as this can lead to root rot. Chocolate mint plants also benefit from regular fertilizing to keep them healthy and strong.

One of the best things about chocolate mint is that it attracts beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies to your garden. This means that you will have plenty of pollinators to help your other plants grow. Chocolate mint also has natural insect-repelling properties, so it can help keep pests like flies and mice away.

Harvesting chocolate mint is easy. You can begin harvesting the leaves when the plants are mature enough, usually in the springtime. Simply cut the stems just above a set of leaves. This will encourage the plant to grow bushier and produce more leaves. You can use the freshly harvested leaves right away, or you can dry them for later use.

Using chocolate mint is a great way to add a unique twist to your recipes. The leaves can be used in a variety of dishes, including salads, sauces, and desserts. They can also be used to make chocolate mint tea or infused into water for a refreshing drink. The possibilities are endless when it comes to using this flavorful herb in the kitchen.

In conclusion, chocolate mint is a delicious and versatile herb that is easy to grow and care for. Whether you choose to grow it in your garden or as a houseplant, this herb will add a burst of chocolatey flavor to your dishes. So why not give it a try and start growing your own chocolate mint today?

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.