Copycat York Peppermint Patties

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.

homemade peppermint patties on a baking sheet

 

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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:

“It was a snap test. If the candy didn’t break clean in the middle, it was a second.”
The peppermint pattie became so popular that the York Cone Company soon gave up making ice cream cones altogether. The current incarnation of the peppermint pattie is made by Hershey. It’s not quite as crisp as the original, but it’s just as tasty.

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.

peppermint patties ingredients

 

 

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.

peppermint patties in various stages of preparation

 

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homemade peppermint patties on a baking sheet

Copycat York Peppermint Patties

You are going to love how easy it is to make York Peppermint Patties at home with this easy copycat candy recipe. These sweet treats are so delicious, you’ll have a hard time keeping your family from gobbling them all up. Let me know how much you enjoyed making these patties – I always love to hear back from my readers. 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Copycat York Peppermint Patties, York Peppermint Patties
Servings: 24
Calories: 175kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. 

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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About Stephanie

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Denise

    5 stars
    I made them They were perfect….. I use peppermint oil and two to three drops didn’t make a difference. So are use more like 8 to 10 and I thought that was good. Thank you everybody love them!

  2. Nite Loon

    Mom has made chocolate mints since the 70’s: 1c. powdered sugar 1-2. t’s of water as needed. Chill & then roll into balls flatten & dip in chocolate. So can you please explain EXACTLY why you need the corn syrup and the butter??!!

    • Stephanie

      5 stars
      Sure, I am happy to explain why. 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. I am so happy you have a Mom to cook to well for you. I bet you have lots of great recipes from her.

    • copykat

      For corn syrup I would use golden syrup, it is a sugar cane based syrup. For the vegetable shortening, you could use chocolate melts, or swap out the vegetable shortening for coconut oil. The coconut oil does not work as well.

  3. Kitty

    5 stars
    Hi Stephanie,
    I am a confectioner. May I suggest using 2-3 drops of peppermint oil (to taste) instead of peppermint extract? You will get a more accurate peppermint flavor. Thanks!

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