York Peppermint Pattie copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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York Peppermint Pattie

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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. Try this homemade York Peppermint Pattie recipe today!

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  • 1 egg white
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Cornstarch for dusting
  • Two 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips
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      1. In a medium bowl, beat the egg white until frothy but not stiff. Don't use a plastic bowl for this. 

      2. Slowly add the powdered sugar while blending with an electric mixer set on medium speed.

      3. Add the corn syrup and peppermint extract and knead the mixture with your hands until it has the smooth consistency of dough. Add more powdered sugar if necessary until the mixture is no longer sticky.

      4. Using a surface and a rolling pin heavily dusted with cornstarch, roll out the peppermint dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick. 

      5. Punch out circles of peppermint dough with a biscuit cutter or a clean can with a diameter of about 2 1/2 inches. Make approximately 20, place them on plates or cookie sheets, and let them firm up in the refrigerator, about 45 minutes.

      6. Melt the chocolate chips in a glass or ceramic bowl in your microwave set on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Stir after 1 minute. Melt thoroughly, but do not overheat.

      7. Drop each patty into the chocolate and coat completely. Using a large serving fork, or 2 dinner forks (one in each hand), lift the coated patty from the chocolate. Gently tap the forks against the bowl to knock off the excess chocolate, and place each patty on wax paper.

      8. Chill the peppermint patties until firm, about 30 minutes.

      Makes 20 peppermint patties.
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Keliy Bearden
Feb 21, 2013, 22:00

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!

Heather Wood
May 12, 2012, 22:00

Great recipe !!! Loved by all of my family and friends. Make them for the holidays and of course mother's day. I made them for my fiancee's company Christmas party and someone took the entire bag of 100 patties home because she loved them so much.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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