York Peppermint Pattie

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York Peppermint Pattie
Product typeConfectionery
OwnerThe Hershey Company
CountryUnited States

York Peppermint Pattie is a dark chocolate enrobed peppermint confection produced by The Hershey Company.

It was first produced in York, Pennsylvania, by Henry Kessler at his York Cone Company in 1940,[1] for sale in the Northeastern United States, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, 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. York passed to the Hershey Foods Corporation when it acquired the US operations of Cadbury Schweppes in 1988.

During the 1970s and continuing in the present, Peter Paul launched a memorable advertising campaign for the candy with the tagline "Get the Sensation".

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.[2]

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 gooey. A former employee and York resident Phil Kollin remembered the final (sample) test the pattie 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."[3]

In 2009, production of the York Peppermint Pattie moved from Reading, Pennsylvania, to Mexico.[4]


  • Pearson's Mint Patties – Originally made by Trudeau Candy Company of St. Paul, Minnesota, Pearson's acquired Trudeau's in 1951 acquiring the Mint Patties product. Similar to the York but noticeably smaller, it has a creamy white center flavored with real peppermint oil covered with 66% cacao dark chocolate.
  • Sugar Free Peppermint Patties – a sugar-free version of the traditional Peppermint Pattie.
  • Chocolate Truffle Mint – introduced in 2004, which had a brown filling.[5]
  • Limited Edition Pink Pattie – introduced in October 2005. Peppermint Pattie with pink filling. Sale proceeds are donated to breast cancer research through the Young Survival Coalition.
  • York Mints – introduced in 2007, a tin filled with bite-sized mints that have a mint shell, chocolate on the inside, and more mint on the inside.
  • York Peppermint Bites – Introduced in 2003. Bite sized, round shaped candy. Introduced with other Hershey flavors.
  • Peppermint Batties – Bat-shaped Peppermint Patties made each year around Halloween. Replaced with Peppermint Patties Pumpkins in 2007.
  • Peppermint Patties Pumpkins – introduced in October 2007 for Halloween. Pumpkin-shaped Peppermint Patties with orange filling.
  • Peppermint Patties Miniature Hearts Heart Box – introduced for Valentine's Day. Heart-shaped patties in a heart-shaped box.
  • Peppermint Pattie Snowflakes – for Christmas, snowflake-shaped Peppermint Patties.
  • Egg shaped Patties – for Easter.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "York Town Square - York Peppermint Patties: 'York became synonymous with dark chocolate and peppermint'". Yorkblog.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ "YORK Sugar Free". Hersheys.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  3. ^ Wilbur, Todd. More Top Secret Recipes: More Fabulous Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Foods. ISBN 1101639857.
  4. ^ Hershey Co. closing York Peppermint Patties plant; work moves to Mexico Cleveland Plain Dealer. 20 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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