York Peppermint Pattie

York Peppermint Pattie

York Peppermint Pattie

York Peppermint Pattie is a chocolate enrobed peppermint candy. Enrobed is when a machine used in the confectionery industry coats a food item with a coating medium, typically chocolate. York Peppermint Pattie has a strong dark chocolate flavor combined with a powerful flavor of peppermint. Rather than being soft out the outside and gooey on the inside, York Peppermint Patties are fairly firm on the outside and more grainy and solid then most peppermint candies on the inside. The candy is circular shaped, somewhat thin, and black/brown in color. York Peppermint Patties are considered by some to be an American classic candy, with a novel taste and experience. This candy is enjoyed for its cool peppermint flavor that combines with its chocolate coating for a sweet but refreshing candy experience.

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History And Information

York Peppermint Pattie was invented in the year 1940. The candy was invented by Henry Kessler and was first produced in York, Pennsylvania at the York Cone Company that Henry Kessler owned. Henry Kessler started his York Cone Company in the year 1920 and primarily focused on making ice cream cones at first. The desire with York Peppermint Patties was to make a more firm and less gooey chocolate mint confection. The York Peppermint Pattie was expected to pass “The snap test”. The idea was that the York Peppermint Pattie should snap cleanly down the middle, if it did not, then it was not sold. This helps maintain the idea that York Peppermint Pattie is fresh and refreshing, and sound design and feel is important in many candy products. Pringles, for example, is said to have paid lots of attention to its snapping sounds during its product design. The clean snap that can be achieved with York Peppermint Pattie was a design decision that has seemed to do the product well, as York Peppermint Patties have been sold in large amounts since the peppermint candy’s inception. At some point in time, people would come by and take extra York Peppermint Patties that did not get sold.

York Peppermint Patties are an enrobed peppermint candy. The Enrobment process coats a food item with a coating medium, typically chocolate. This allows the mint inside to be contained within the chocolate outer coating. The outer layer of the York Peppermint Pattie is made from dark chocolate that is brownish/black in color and covers a white granular peppermint substance inside. The one 2 punch from the chocolate and peppermint provide a refreshing sensation to those who eat the candy. The wrapper of York Peppermint Pattie is a metallic silver colored, keeping in style with the refreshing aspect of the product. Multiple types of York Peppermint Patties have been created, such as Chocolate Truffle Mint and a limited edition pink filling York Pattie. It has been alleged that the current version of York Peppermint Pattie is softer then past versions.

At first the candy was sold in a small number of states, such as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Florida. York Peppermint Pattie went national around 1975 after the York Cone Company was acquired by Peter Paul, and since then has become more popular all over America. the candy is now a commonly known candy confection in the country and many have seen its advertisements. Peter Paul launched a widely viewed advertising campaign for the candy with the tagline "Get the Sensation" which seems to have been well received by the population. It has been stated that Yorkie chocolate bars allegedly infringe on York peppermint patties.

Ownership of York Peppermint Patties passed to the Peter Paul candy company before Peter Paul merged with Cadbury In 1978. York Patties then passed to the Hershey Foods Corporation when it acquired the US operations of Cadbury Schweppes in 1988. In 2009, production of the York Peppermint Pattie moved from Reading, Pennsylvania, after 23 years to a new factory in Monterey, Mexico. The same plant that production of York Patties moved to also makes 5th Avenue and Zagnut candy bars and Jolly Rancher hard candies. The Hershey Company’s 2019 proxy statement reads that the company has rights under license agreements with several companies to manufacture and/or sell and distribute certain products. It also states that those rights under these agreements are extendible on a long-term basis at their option. The proxy statement also reads that York is one of their most significant licensing agreements and lists the company that the rights to York come from as Kraft Foods Ireland Intellectual Property Limited/Cadbury UK Limited. Kraft Foods Ireland Intellectual Property Limited filed a trademark for York on 11/1/2014.


The Year York Peppermint Pattie Was Invented

York Peppermint Pattie was invented in the year 1940. This was 20 years after the company that first made it, the York Cone Company, began business.


The Company That Makes York Peppermint Pattie

The company that now makes York Peppermint Pattie is The Hershey Company. The Hershey Company is an American company and one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. Its flagship product is the Hershey’s bar, and it also makes other products such as Almond Joy and Whoppers. The Hershey Company acquired the rights to York from the US operations of Cadbury Schweppes in 1988.


The Man Who Invented York Peppermint Pattie

York Peppermint Pattie was invented by a man named Henry Kessler in in York, Pennsylvania by Henry Kessler at his York Cone Company in 1940. Henry Kessler started the York Cone Company in the year 1920 and the company specialized in making ice creams cones.



The Slogan for York Peppermint Pattie is “Get the sensation”. The slogan comes from the brand highlighting the chill that the peppermint gives when the candy is eaten.