Monday, August 24, 2015

York (Hershey) - Minis Peppermint Patties - Aug. 24, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

(owned by The Hershey Company)
Minis - Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2.5 oz. (70 g.) in 1 package
Calories: 260 calories in 1 package
Cost: $1.99 for 1 package
Purchased from: Safeway, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Mint Theme Week.

People ask me if I review popular, mass-market chocolates, e.g. from Mars or The Hershey Company.

The answer is yes I do. These chocolates are part of our chocolate heritage in the U.S. And I somehow feel obliged to cover products that people remember from childhood.

I featured most Hershey chocolates in the early years of this blog; however, new flavors continue to be introduced, such as today's York* "Minis" (a brand owned and distributed by The Hershey Company, based in Hershey, PA).

Sold in a "King Size" 2.5 oz. (70 g.) bag -- with a traditional York shiny silver and navy blue colored wrapper -- these miniature Peppermint Patties were left loose to jostle about in the bag. Unlike their larger (original) counterpart patties, these Minis were a bit too small to be individually wrapped.

The taste, however, was similar to what I remember: quite sweet, with a generous white disc of peppermint-flavored filling. They were relatively low-calorie (106 calories for a 1 oz. serving). Sweet peppermint was the dominant flavor; however, the chocolate coating helped off-set the sweetness, and made them more tempting.

Note to those who eat gluten-free, most York Peppermint Pattie products are listed as gluten-free, "except York Minis and York Pieces candy." I didn't see any gluten-containing ingredients on today's Mini label, but wheat starch and flour can end up in a lot of places, and is sometimes used to prevent pieces from sticking together in manufacturing environments. These patties are also made with Polyglycerol poliricinoleate (PGPR), probably something you don't want to eat a lot of.

*York Peppermint Patties were, according to a entry, originally introduced in York, Pennsylvania, by Henry C. Kessler. It was, apparently, a firmer, less gooey, version of other, similar mint patties in its day.

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