Tuesday, February 26, 2008

York Peppermint Pattie

York Peppermint Pattie

York Peppermint Pattie is a dark chocolate covered peppermint confection produced by the Hershey Foods Corporation, under license from Peter Paul. It was first produced in York, Pennsylvania by Henry C. Kessler at his York Cone Company in 1940, for sale in the northeast US, Ohio, Indiana and Florida.

In 1972, the York Cone Company was acquired by Peter-Paul, which launched the York Peppermint Pattie nationally in 1975. In 1978, Peter-Paul merged with Cadbury Schweppes. York passed to the Hershey Foods Corporation when it acquired the US operations of Cadbury Schweppes in 1988. The confectionery features strongly contrasting flavors, with a particularly bitter chocolate coating around a sugar center. A sugar-free version of the candy is also available.

Many chocolate-covered peppermints had been made 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 (sample) 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."

York Peppermint Pattie

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