Peppermint Patty vs Wintergreen Patty

 York Peppermint Patty is one of the best treats around, mint + chocolate= mmm, MM!  The Peter Paul Co. was gobbled up by Hershey and these are now produced by them.  One of my all time favorite treats in the 80’s was the York Peppermint ice cream sticks which have since been discontinued.  I don’t know much about Haviland except that they were gobbled by NECCO and I believe NECCO has since been gobbled by someone else. I’m telling you, I can’t keep up with all the buyouts in the food industry, but it’s been disturbing to me the more I discover.

Peppermint Patty:
This has a nice firm center that makes a pretty clean break wether breaking in half or biting into.  The peppermint center is just sweet enough to compliment the cool peppermint.  The balanced coating of dark chocolate adds a little sophistication and decadence. I like to eat these by taking a little bite and kind of swishing it around in my mouth to disintegrate it and let the flavors merge.  Ethan is more straightforward and just bites into it and chews like a normal person.

Wintergreen Patty:
Breaking these in half we were greeted with a bright pink center which had the same consistency as York’s.  The chocolate on this seemed to be of a lesser quality and I guess was kind of dark but it was like a mix between milk and dark.  There was not a lot of chocolate flavor in the coating.  The center was not favorable at all, wintergreen does not seem to work well at all.  We summed this up as tasting like chocolate covered toothpaste.

Wrap up:
We really tried to not let our familiarity with Peppermint Patty influence this evaluation and maybe it did but when I bought the Wintergreen Patty I was thinking “Would this be passable if I wanted a Peppermint Patty?” It’s still chocolate and mint right?  But we really think this kind of mint and this kind of chocolate do not produce the same winning combination.  I’m curious if anyone had known wintergreen first and felt the same way about peppermint.  Any wintergreen fans out there?

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19 thoughts on “Peppermint Patty vs Wintergreen Patty

  1. I introduced my daughter to Junior Mints just this past weekend. While we were eating, I waxed nostalgic about Peppermint Patties. I’ve never tried Wintergreen Patties, never even knew it existed before now, but they sound nasty. Wintergreen would be best saved for Lifesavers and chewing gum.

  2. Klondike bars come in a York Peppermint Patty variety….just thought you might like to know. And they are delicious!

  3. stash some york peppermint patties in the freezer. it makes the minty taste really pop. not quite an ice cream bar, but very good.

  4. Pound for pound, I’ll take Junior Mints over Peppermint Patties any day. Higher quality chocolate, higher chocolate-to-mint ratio and a closer-to-liquid texture inside.

  5. MMMMM. Peppermint Patties are my absolute favorite! I’ve never had a wintergreen one, but even looking at that makes me disgusted. Who came up with a pink colored mint cream? Weirdos. Junior Mints are delicious as well, but I wouldn’t compare the two because they are VERY different in most aspects. Liquidy center compared to chewy center; dark chocolate compared to a more natural cocoa flavored chocolate. It just wouldn’t be a fair contrast.

  6. Wintergreen is not a mint. It is a small evergreen shrub with pink berries (called tea berries in places where the plant is plentiful. that is to say, Pennsylvania). Wintergreen oil is either derived from the leaves of the wintergreen shrub or from white birch. Common products to include wintergreen are: gum, toothpaste, birch beer, root beer, pepto-bismol, and topical analgesics.

  7. The Haviland patties are inferior quality.

    We buy boutique dark chocolate wintergreen patties from the Village Sweet Shop in Collinsville, CT. She’s not the manufacturer, but she sells the best she can find (at $16/lb, I should hope so!). They beat peppermint, easily.

    Not that I’ll refuse Junior Mints ;).

  8. Someone else used to make Wintergreen Patties back in the 60’s, and back then, they were one of my favorite candies. Imagine my surprise when, years later, I took my first slurp of Pepto-Bismol.

  9. Loved the old wintergreen patties by York. They had the smooth filling of the peppermint and a delightful flavor with the same rich, dark chocolate coating. Tried the Haviland ones a few years ago in an attempt to recapture the flavor of the old York wintergreen, but the Havilands had a texture, flavor and coating that was nothing like the York and very unpleasant!

  10. My love for Wintergreen patties goes back to the 50s when they were produced by York. You had to pace yourself and resist the urge to eat too much too fast because like the pepperment patty you could achieve a burning sensation in the back of your throat. The other manufacturer was Borden. Somehow during my 27 year infatuation with tobacco I lost track of my old friend. Sad…

  11. I think back in the late 60s and early 70s I used to buy Schrafft’s Wintergreen patties. They were far superior to Haviland. There were also some homemade ones sold by a little shop in Naples, NY. Have no recollection of the name.

  12. Years ago, I much preferred York’s wintergreen patties and have often searched for them wherever I saw their peppermint patties. Sounds as if I would be disappointed by the Haviland version, though.
    Teaberries were called checkerberries in Maine.

  13. I grew up on Schrafft’s wintergreen patties; l have no way of knowing if they were as good as l remember them. The Haviland patties were disappointing.

  14. Those wintermint patties are one of my favorites. No shame. Wish there were more common though. Then again when I do find them at random it’s a rather nice suprise

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