Copycat York Peppermint Patties are so easy to make. Dark chocolate covers a minty sweet center. These homemade peppermint patties make a great gift recipe and are so easy to make.
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York Peppermint Patties are iconic among mint chocolate lovers everywhere. These patties are delicious and so easy to make. Dark chocolate covers a minty melt-in-your-mouth sweet center. These patties are also great for putting in a pretty box and giving as a gift. I love making candy from scratch, and when you prepare food at home, you know exactly what’s in the recipe. You can eliminate preservatives and ingredients you cannot pronounce.
History of the York Peppermint Pattie
In the 1920s, Henry C. Kessler founded the York Cone Company in York, Pennsylvania. It should come as no surprise that they made ice cream cones. However, in 1940, Kessler decided to create a firm, crisp peppermint candy, that would be quite different from the “gummy” peppermint candies that were then being sucked on. In fact, each pattie was tested for crispness:
This copycat candy recipe for homemade York Peppermint Patties is super easy to make. For this recipe, I am using confectioner’s sugar, butter, corn syrup, peppermint extract, dark chocolate, and vegetable shortening. The butter adds a great flavor, and it helps to make the sugar bind very nicely together. The corn syrup adds to the smooth texture of these patties. If you want, you could swap out the corn syrup for golden syrup.
A word of warning – if you use peppermint oil instead of peppermint extract, make sure it is food-grade oil
I love to use dark chocolate. I heat it up with a water bath on the stove and add a tablespoon of vegetable shortening to get a lovely glossy chocolate coating. If you like milk chocolate better than dark, you can use milk chocolate.
What is the Best Kind of Sugar to Use?
I personally love Imperial Sugar because their sugar is made from sugar cane. Not all sugar is made from sugar cane, some of it is made by sugar beets. Cooks Illustrated states that sugar made from sugar cane has more flavor and it is better to use when making sugar cookies. Many bakers think that sugar made from sugar cane has more flavor, and is the best type of sugar to use when making sugar cookies.
This recipe for homemade York Peppermint Patties is super easy to make. You need only a few ingredients; confectioner’s sugar, butter, corn syrup, peppermint extract, dark chocolate, and vegetable shortening. If you wanted to make your peppermint patties with milk chocolate you could substitute the milk chocolate if desired.
Sift the sugar to make sure it is light and fluffy before blending it with the butter, peppermint extract, and corn syrup. After blending this together, I portion the mint candy into bite-sized pieces rolled into balls. I refrigerate this while I carefully melt the chocolate.
I love to use dark chocolate for this recipe. I melt it in a double boiler on the stove. I simply add a tablespoon of vegetable shortening to get a lovely glossy chocolate coating. Make sure the water in the double boiler is only at a simmer. You do not want the steam or water drops to get into the chocolate. If it does, your chocolate will seize and not be smooth.
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Copycat York Peppermint Patties
- 4 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1/3 cup corn syrup
- 1/3 cup butter
- 4 or 5 drops peppermint extract
- 8 ounces dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
- Sift confectioners sugar.
- In a medium-sized bowl add confectioner's sugar, corn syrup, butter, and peppermint extract. Blend with a mixer until smooth.
- Portion the mint candy into bite-sized balls. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes. When you ready do dip the patties press them with the bottom of a glass.
- In a double boiler melt the chocolate and shortening. If you do not want to use vegetable shortening you may substitute coconut oil or butter. Vegetable shortening gives the best results.
- Drop the peppermint patties into the melted chocolate, flip over, and then place the dipped peppermint patties on either a silpat mat or waxed paper to dry.