The York Peppermint Pattie was first produced at the York Cone Company in 1940 by Henry C. Kessler. It was introduced into the northeast United States, Ohio, Florida and Indiana. The Peter Paul Company bought the York Cone Company in 1972 and launched the York Peppermint Pattie nationally in 1975. Today it is made by Hershey's.
York Peppermint Patties Memories
I grew up in the small town of Statesville, North Carolina. On occasion, our family would drive 20 miles or so to Laney's Fish Camp for a delicious fish dinner. I remember with great fondness, at the end of the meal, as my brother and I watched patiently and expectantly as my father checked out at the register anticipating his purchase of two small York Peppermint pattie from a small dish by the register.
They were only a few pennies back in the 1970's but were such a treat! We would then get a toothpick from the toothpick dispenser and climb into the backseat of our car. We carefully removed our peppermint pattie from the shiny silver wrapper and inserted the toothpick making our own special sucker, grinning incessantly. We would lick the chocolate first, but usually couldn't do so completely before taking a small nibble from the white creamy mint center. It's amazing how long we could make that silver dollar sized candy last when most people just popped them in their mouth and they were gone so quickly. ~ Martha from Tennessee