Peppermint Patties are the perfect confection. Perfect because they have a delicious coating of shiny dark chocolate. And perfect because the filling is so soft and creamy, with a peppermint flavor that gives a nice blast of ‘cool’ that tingles the mouth.
Now that ‘cool’ feeling comes from the oil (menthol) in the peppermint. Harold McGee tells us in his excellent book “On Food and Cooking” that this ‘cool’ feeling is actually because the “Menthol, at low concentrations, raises the threshold temperature at which the cold receptors in our skin begin to discharge: that is, it makes our warm mouth feel cool”.
This recipe for Peppermint Patties is modeled after York Peppermint Patties, that popular commercially made confection invented by the York Cone Company. Peppermint Patties were introduced in 1940, but only in the Northeast, Ohio, Indiana, and Florida. It took until 1972 before they were distributed nationwide.
Homemade Peppermint Patties are a combination of confectioners sugar (powdered or icing), butter, mint flavoring, and evaporated milk or heavy cream. In order to get that real authentic peppermint taste, use pure peppermint oil (make sure it is labeled “Food Grade”), not pure peppermint extract. Peppermint Oil has a much stronger and more concentrated flavor than peppermint extract so only a small amount of the oil is needed to give these patties that cool and refreshing mint flavor. I used LorAnn Peppermint Oil #ad. Unfortunately, peppermint oil is not found in grocery stores. You can find it in some cake decorating stores or online.
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