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The York Peppermint Pattie

2021-03-09   ◆   2 minutes read

The York Peppermint Pattie is said to be the most sensational bite on Earth. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, let’s take a look at where the cool dark chocolate confection came from.


The Beginning

In 1920, Henry Kessler decided to open the
York Cone Company in, yep you guessed it, York, Pennsylvania. But we had to wait 20 years before they started making the crisp Peppermint Patties. Bearing no resemblance, nor relation to Peanuts’ tomboy Peppermint Patty, most people refer to the perfect snap test necessary for a Peppermint Pattie to make it out of the factory, packaged for sale in confectionary stores.

The patties that failed to pass the clean snap test still had the classic taste so thankfully weren’t wasted! These extras remained at the Pine Street Plant, open to the public who were able to collect them and either eat them as they were, or use them to make other desserts like fudge and cookies as well as puddings and mousse. We’ve even seen them melted down and drizzled on top of fresh popcorn!


The Slogan

In 1972, the York Cone Company was acquired by Peter Paul Company who coined the slogan “Get the Sensation!” They later merged with Cadbury, but a decade later we saw Hershey at the York steering wheel, having just acquired Cadbury Schweppes. After plenty of juggling around, the York Peppermint Pattie has remained with us. There are no signs of it going anywhere. On the contrary, it dominates the market because of its crunch, when compared to other peppermint confections.



These patties come in many forms including the miniature holiday packs, sugar-free packs, plus king sized Peppermint Pattie. These last ones weigh almost the same as the Peppermint Pattie theatre boxes! Further to this, here’s also a heart-shaped version, a Halloween version, an Easter version, and even a fall version, too. And you’ve no doubt seen the York Thins on the market.

You can find a quick reference for Peppermint Pattie options near you right here. Are you the type to just eat them whole? Or perhaps you incorporate them into brownies and cookies? Just don’t forget to do a snap test the next time you have one! After all, you know the tests have been over 80 years old now, right? We’ll leave you with this link we like to an 80s York commercial about the York Peppermint Pattie.


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