Olive Garden Hack: Turn those extra dinner mints into hot chocolate

Here's how to end your feast at Olive Garden with a minty hot cocoa in the comfort of your own home.

Olive Garden Mint Hot Chocolate At Home - credit: Olive Garden
Olive Garden Mint Hot Chocolate At Home - credit: Olive Garden /
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Olive Garden is mostly known for its unlimited salad and breadsticks, its array of pastas, and sadly not being located in the middle of an olive garden. You might also know them though from the pile of delicious after-dinner mints you’ve been gathering from your various visits to the restaurant. Good news: we now have a genius hack for how to use the Olive Garden mints, and turn them into a delicious minty hot chocolate.

The hack was first shared over on the Olive Garden TikTok account, but thanks to a rep for the company we can share it here on Guilty Eats as well. It’s pretty simple:

Olive Garden Mint Hot Chocolate

  • Heat up 8 ounces of milk.
  • Stir in 10 Olive Garden mints.
  • Top as you’d like with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
  • Sip and enjoy!
Olive Garden Mint Hot Chocolate Recipe
Olive Garden Mint Hot Chocolate Recipe - credit: Olive Garden /

Yes, 10 mints is a lot of mints, but with every member of your family/group getting a mint at the end of the meal, that’s, what, two trips to Olive Garden? You were going to do that anyway, my friend.

Want a further hack on this hack? Hackception, if you will? The Olive Garden mints are actually Andes chocolate mints, which you can purchase at most grocery stores. Despite some viral TikTok trends that said you can purchase a box of Andes mints at Olive Garden, a rep for the restaurant clarified that is not possible. Yes, you can buy the cheese grater. No, you can't buy the mints directly from Olive Garden. You'll have to head to your local Walmart or otherwise for that.

That said, while they don’t have that certain Olive Garden je ne sais quoi about them, you might as well snag a few (or a box) once you’re done chowing down on fettuccine alfredo. Or, you know, whatever you’re eating.

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