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York Peppermint Patties and Pearson’s Foil Mint Patties

September 8, 2009 by


Vintage York Peppermint Patty Advertisement  Circa 1950's

Vintage York Peppermint Patty Advertisement Circa 1950's

 Sharability: 6

Denture Danger: 4

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 7

Overall: 9

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.

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  • Reply Laurie Allen September 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I like York’s Peppermint Patty’s frozen!

  • Reply john jamieson October 13, 2009 at 4:35 am

    hi… have enjoyed peppermint patties for alot of years.(I’m 67). the last ones that I bought were made in mexico. the quality was not the same(flat). I will not buy anymore that are made in mexico or any other country other than the US. don’t lower your quality for the sake of the all mighty dollar.just felt that I had to comment.Buy USA. tc John

  • Reply candy man February 17, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    York patties are great when I’m stoned!

  • Reply Kacy November 13, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    This is a clearly biased review, what a joke. Pearson patties have a stronger flavor. The york patties have too much chocolate and are way overpriced.

  • Reply Shawn H December 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I’m a Pearson girl….comparing the two side by side, Pearsons still beats York for me because of the taste and smoothness.

  • Reply Charles Jeffries December 6, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Love Peppermint Patties.

    We are in our mid 70’s and we think we had “Peppermint Patties” in the 1950’s.

    Some say they were not around then.

    Who’s right? Please respond to us.

    Thanks a lot.

    Charles and Dot

  • Reply dan September 8, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I love peppermint patties..frozen like person stated earlier. i don’t really care about the snap in half business.. i just care how they taste in mouth when i bite into them. i also know they make for great ice cream fillers…cut them up and put them in your favorite ice cream! as far as brand goes, I’ve only known of York, but recentlu i found a bag of Pearson’s.. i think the Pearson’s flavor stays longer..but that is just personal opinion…so i suggest trying it on your own and decide dor yourself and not worry what others think.

  • Reply Dennie November 19, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I love Junior Mints! They’ve always been my favorite. In second place is Pearson’s. I don’t care for the deep dark chocolate of the York Peppermint Pattie.

  • Reply TAMI December 1, 2016 at 11:03 am


  • Reply Aaron K May 30, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Pearson’s all the way. They have a smooth melt-in-your-mouth texture and have a sublime peppermint-chocolate flavor, like an over-sized Junior Mint. York was probably at one time superior to (or equally good as) Pearson’s, but today York patties are mass produced with full of cheap fillers, and they’re not even made in the US anymore (they’re made in Mexico).

  • Reply G September 23, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Pearson is a clearly superior product. The dark chocolate is both strong while also not overpowering the peppermint. The peppermint itself is much more authentic in flavor vs. York’s highly sugared and artificial taste. Clearly the majoriry here feel Pearsons is a better product and I totally agree

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