November 24, 2003

Random Candy Thought

POST #    588

I was enjoying a York Peppermint Pattie earlier, when I realized that they are the exact same thing as Junior Mints, except in a slightly different form. Both with dark chocolate and peppermint. York Peppermint Patties were invented in 1920 in York, PA (I've actually been there), while Junior Mints were launched in 1949. I wonder if James Welch, the creator of the Junior Mint, thought that the Peppermint Pattie was just too big or too much mint.

Posted by tien mao in Random at 4:18 PM



I also had a York patty recently (post-Halloween sale: 32 cents for an oversize, bat-shaped one!). And some Junior Mints on or about Halloween. The flavors, it's true, are very similar. But the texture of the both the mint substance and the chocolate coating are different.

It's a very different "mouth feel" (as I believe those in the food industry call it).

Posted by: Adam at November 25, 2003 6:22 PM

hmm, "mouth feel", huh? do you think the different "mouth feel" is due to the ratio of mint to chocolate, or do you think that it's more than that? i guess you can take a small bite of a peppermint pattie and then compare it to a junior mint, but you still don't get complete chocolate coverage.

i think there needs to be some sort of scientific analysis...

Posted by: tien at November 26, 2003 7:17 AM

I think I've always assumed the formulas companies use in all the chocolates are different. Seems much sweeter, for example, in a Mr. Goodbar than a Snickers.

Talks a bit about it in "Emporers of Chocolate," which is a actually a very good read.

Posted by: Adam at November 26, 2003 8:55 AM

yes, i believe the formulas are different. i think a better comparison than mr. goodbar and snickers would be hershey's crackle vs. nestlé's crunch, assuming that the rice is the same.

Posted by: tien at November 26, 2003 9:31 AM

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