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Though you may think that these two different companies produce the exact same peppermint patty you might be surprised to find out that the York and Pearson make two very different patties.
Beginning with the first impression, York’s peppermint patties are thicker and denser than Pearson’s smaller, wimpier patty. The layer of dark chocolate coating on Pearson’s patty is darker and thinner to go along with the thinner layer of peppermint cream. When you bite into you the York patty you can feel resistance from the thick layer of peppermint deliciousness.
Pearson’s offers no sort of resistance. I think of Pearson’s patty as a helpless little scrawny kid and the York patty as the buffed up jock who impresses all the ladies with his macho man looks.
York’s good looks won me over in the taste test also. When tasted side by side the two patties definitely don’t match up. The bulky York has a fuller taste all together because of its thicker layers and greater density; but it really is a personal preference.
In my opinion the York is more worthy of complement because it simply is better quality than Pearson’s pathetic patty. The subtle sound that you hear when you bite into a York is so satisfyingly smooth and Pearson’s only makes a pathetic attempt at the replications of that smooth sweeping sound.
Henry Kessler from York Cone Company first produced York patties in 1940 in York, Pennsylvania. Peter-Paul took over the York Cone Company in 1972 and nationally released the York Peppermint Patty in 1975.
A former York employee remembered the final sample test the patty went through before leaving the factory. It was a “snap test” to see if the candy broke clean in the middle. In my own laboratory, the York passed the snap test but Pearson’s failed, bending and cracking in three places. The snap test doesn’t have to designate which company you favor, but if you like quality peppermint patties, go with York.