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National Peppermint Patty Day – February 11, 2023

National Peppermint Patty Day is celebrated annually every February 11, and it is another moment for us to relish the awesomeness and sweetness of this candy bar. Did you know that one of the health benefits of peppermint patties is that they have fewer calories and less fat, compared to other candy bars? Well, if you are just finding this out, why not grab a bar of candy and make your day sweet and yummy?

History of National Peppermint Patty Day

Candies and chocolate bars are decadently sweet, and there’s a feeling of ecstasy everyone derives from having one. However, peppermint patty is one of the major and most healthy confectioneries. It is made from a simple recipe of corn syrup, butter, powdered sugar, and peppermint extract, which sets them apart.

Peppermint patties and chocolates are sensations in themselves; sweet and yummy. We can’t see anyone who would say no to an offer of chocolate spiced up with mint or resist the chilly and refreshing feeling that peppermint brings. Combining this with the creamy and melting texture of chocolate, oh, you’re in for some cool bombs of explosive flavor. Little wonder many people love and crave peppermint patties.

The history and invention of Peppermint Patty Day dates way back centuries ago. Historically, the making of this bundle of deliciousness started in the Quiggin family, who made the first production of the patty on the Isle of Man, a Northern Irish Sea island in the year 1840. This production of patties continued till 1880 when Kendal Mint Cake Company started a large-scale operation.

Commercial production of Peppermint Patty proliferated and spread across to other regional confectionery companies in 1900. The most remarkable of these companies was York Cone Company, whose first production called the York peppermint patty became renowned from 1940 till 1972 when Peter Paul bought the company and sold the product for another five years before merging with Cadbury in 1975. The York peppermint patty was later acquired in 1988 by Hershey, who has the production in place to date. February 11 is set aside as the date for the annual celebration of National Peppermint Patty Day.

National Peppermint Patty Day timeline

1840
Quiggin Family

The first known commercial production of peppermint patty by the Quiggin family in the Isle of Man.

1880
Kendal Mint Cake Company

Four sons of the Quiggin family create Kendal Mint company to cater to the commercial production of peppermint patties.

1940
York Cone Company

The invention of the York peppermint patties in Pennsylvania

1988
Acquisition of York Peppermint Patty

The Hershey Company acquires the York peppermint patty.

National Peppermint Patty Day FAQs

Are peppermint patties good for you?

Although the coating of the patties is 70% dark chocolate, they are still very safe for consumption. And the peppermint contained in the candy aids digestion and satisfies the teeth without causing any side effects.

What is on the inside of a peppermint patty?

A peppermint patty has an outside dark or brownish chocolate layer covering a round white granular peppermint mixture on the inside. The combination of corn syrup, butter, powdered sugar, and peppermint extracts make up a whole peppermint patty.

How long do peppermint patties last?

The correct answer to this depends largely on the storage condition. Peppermint patties can last for about six to nine months at room temperature. However, they could last for about 12 months when kept in the refrigerator.

National Peppermint Patty Day Activities

  1. Eat peppermint patties

    We all know that cliche "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," so also the sweetness and the proof of peppermint patty is in the eating. The best way to appreciate peppermint patties is by eating them. So we encourage you to buy some iconic peppermint patties and eat to your fill. It is not only healthy, but it is also soothing to your taste buds.

  2. Make your peppermint patty

    The peppermint patty has an amazing and delicious recipe, and what a great thing it would be to make a peppermint patty by yourself! We think it would be a good idea for you to try and learn the rudiments of baking peppermint patties and give your family, friends, and close associates a surprise package. Yeah, we believe you can do it.

  3. Teach someone

    Many folks love and eat Peppermint Patty, but just a handful of people can prepare it. If you know how to bake delicious patties, It would be such a lovely thing if you took out time to teach your friends, spouse, and children. Another Peppermint Patty Day is here. How about you teach someone?

5 Important Facts About Peppermint Patty

  1. Patricia “Peppermint Patty” Reichardt

    A fictional character, Patricia Reichardt, featured in Charles M. Schulz’s comic movie titled "Peanuts," was called "Peppermint Patty."

  2. Lowest calorie and fat content

    Peppermint Patty has low calorie and fat content, making it very healthy for both the young and old.

  3. Snap test

    When there were many competitors with various patties, there was a need to distinguish peppermint patties with their firmness, and this snap test was to make sure the candy must break clean from the middle; otherwise, it wouldn’t make it to the store shelves.

  4. Sold only in Northeastern states

    Until 1975, peppermint patties were only sold in Northeastern states in the United States.

  5. Peppermint Patty cures stomach upset

    Taking peppermint patty comes with its health benefits, and no matter how much of it you take, you can rest assured that the peppermint can battle any stomach upset.

Why We Love National Peppermint Patty Day

  1. It is sweet

    A major rallying point for all peppermint patty lovers is the sweetness and delicious nature of the chocolate. We love this!

  2. It has low calorie and fat content

    Constant consumption of peppermint patties does not stand the risk of fat accumulation or complications resulting from high calories. Isn’t this reason to celebrate?

  3. It unites us

    Peppermint Patty Day is one of those special days when family members and friends come together to relish the sweetness and awesomeness of this candy. We love anything that brings people together!

National Peppermint Patty Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 11Saturday
2024February 11Sunday
2025February 11Tuesday
2026February 11Wednesday
2027February 11Thursday

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