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York Peppermint Pattie

By Todd Wilbur


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At his candy factory In York, Pennsylvania, in the late 1930s, Henry C. Kessler first concocted this minty confection. The York Cone Company was originally established to make ice cream cones, but by the end of World War II the peppermint patty had become so popular that the company discontinued all other products. In 1972 the company was sold to Peter Paul, manufacturers of Almond Joy and Mounds. Cadbury USA purchased the firm in 1978, and in 1988 the York Peppermint Pattie became the property of Hershey USA.

Other chocolate-covered peppermints were manufactured before the York Peppermint Pattie came on the market, but Kessler's version was firm and crisp, while the competition was soft and gummy. One former employee and York resident remembered the final test the patty went through before it left the factory. "It was a snap test. If the candy didn't break clean in the middle, it was a second." For years, seconds were sold to visitors at the plant for fifty cents a pound.

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nancy
Dec 17, 2013, 23:00

I made these for a Christmas party at the church. I found out the hard way that you have to have one of those standing mixers with the paddles when you add the powdered sugar; the hand mixer just won't cut it. I could only get 3 cups into it instead of the 4 cups it called for. The rest of the ingredients were a breeze, though. I used Kroger chocolate flavored bark.

Keliy Bearden
Feb 21, 2013, 23:00

Thanks Todd for all your work. I have moved from the USA to Australia and miss all things yummy, and thanks to you, I can now make my own. This recipe makes great peppermint patties!

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