York Peppermint Pattie
Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Pattie

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The York Peppermint Pattie consists of a minty, sugary core with a chocolate coating.

Its core is:
    •    Mint flavored
    •    Composed mostly of sugars
    •    Disc-shaped
    •    Firm in texture, but not hard

The chocolate covering is:
    •    Described as semisweet, but
    •    Quite dark, almost bitter.

This candy was invented by Henry C. Kessler in 1940 at his York Cone Company in York, Pennsylvania. 

It soon became so popular that the company quit making ice cream cones to concentrate on peppermint patties.

So popular, indeed, that it later was bought by Hershey, who now make it.

There are a couple of unusual things about this candy.  First, the sugar content is distributed differently than in most chocolate candies.

Much of the sugar is in the peppermint center, leaving the outer chocolate coating quite bittersweet - emphasis on bitter

This may sound a bit odd if you've not eaten one.  Actually it produces a nice flavor contrast.

And YPP has another distinction - what first set it apart from previous chocolate covered peppermint candies.  The peppermint center is firm rather than gooey.  Specifically, firm enough that it will break rather than bend. 

That makes it less of a messy-eating experience.  Handy if you're eating it as an after-dinner mint while getting in your car or carrying on a conversation.

A broad range of health benefits have been claimed for mint:

It is said to aid digestion, breathing and mood, and to alleviate allergies, depression, and other conditions too numerous to list, ranging on up to cancer. 

Of course it should be obvious this peppermint pattie is a candy, not a medicine.  Besides, you should never try to diagnose or treat any medical condition just based on information you read on a website, including this one.


York Peppermint Pattie Ingredients and Nutrition

In the context of popular chocolate, this ingredients list is not too bad.  The one that seems most problematic to me is polyglycerol polyricinoleate (PGPR).  A lot of chemical processing there, even though it started out as castor oil or soybean oil.  Still, at least it's by itself.  Rather than flying in formation with several other synthetic chemicals as in some chocolates.

INGREDIENTS:
SUGAR;
CORN SYRUP;
SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE (
    •    CHOCOLATE;
    •    SUGAR;
    •    COCOA;
    •    MILK FAT;
    •    COCOA BUTTER;
    •    SOY LECITHIN;
    •    PGPR, EMULSIFIER;
    •    VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR);

INVERT SUGAR;
EGG WHITES;
OIL OF PEPPERMINT;
MILK.

Ingredients quantity = 13


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This pattie has 140 calories, with only 25 of them (18%) from fat.  Indeed, as the wrapper says, "70% Less Fat! than the average of the leading chocolate candy brands."

The catch is, this low-fat statistic is testimony to the fact that it has more sugar than the average chocolate candy.


Trivia

My excessively picky fine point for today:
There's no such thing as a "York Peppermint Patty."  
There is:
    •    York Peppermint Pattie  (ends with "ie") - the candy, or
    •    Peppermint Patty             (ends with "y")  - the cartoon character (see below)


I paid $1.19 for this 1.4 ounce bar.  For comparison purposes, that's $13.60 per pound.  Toward the higher end of the pricing range for popular chocolate candies.  In my opinion, worth it - but mostly on the basis of mint taste.  Not enough chocolate to get my highest nutrition score.

I'm giving this my personal score of 4.0 out of 5 stars for Overall Enjoyment, 2.9 for Nutrition, and 3.2 for Value. Keep in mind this is just my personal opinion.  Your mileage may vary, and there's no accounting for taste.


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In the 1970s York Peppermint Pattie sponsored a number of Charles Schulz's Peanuts TV specials.  Featuring a young tomboy character, Peppermint Patty.  Coincidence?  You decide!  (Actually cartoon Patty appeared several years before York sponsored any Peanuts TV.)

Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint, and cannot be grown from seed.

During alcohol prohibition in the U.S. (1920-1933), distilleries which produced mint oil were required to have state and federal permits in order to operate.