Copycat York Peppermint Patties

Copycat York Peppermint Patties

Copycat York Peppermint Patties are so easy to make at home. A York Peppermint patty has a rich Dark chocolate coating over an incredible creamy peppermint center that is perfectly sweet. You might even call it a refreshing sensation. This chocolate candy is a great recipe for a DIY dark chocolate candy.

homemade York peppermint patties in a dish

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What makes York Peppermint Patties so good?

York Peppermint Patties are a popular candy with a unique flavor that is both refreshing and satisfying. Here are some reasons why they are so good:

  1. Smooth texture: The filling of a York Peppermint Patty is smooth and creamy, which creates a pleasant mouthfeel when you bite into it. The texture is also firm enough to hold its shape but not so hard that it’s difficult to chew.
  2. Bold peppermint flavor: The peppermint flavor of a York Peppermint Patty is strong and refreshing, which makes it a great pick-me-up when you need a little boost. The flavor is also balanced by the sweetness of the chocolate coating, creating a perfect balance of sweet and minty.
  3. High-quality chocolate: The chocolate coating on a York Peppermint Patty is made with high-quality ingredients, which gives it a rich and satisfying flavor. The chocolate is also thick enough to provide a substantial layer around the filling, which helps balance the strong peppermint flavor.
  4. Portable size: York Peppermint Patties are small and individually wrapped, which makes them a convenient and portable snack. They are easy to carry in a pocket or purse and can be enjoyed on the go.

Overall, the combination of smooth texture, bold peppermint flavor, high-quality chocolate, and portable size make York Peppermint Patties a beloved candy that many people enjoy.

Why You Should Make Homemade Peppermint Patties

York Peppermint Patties are iconic among mint chocolate lovers everywhere. If you are a fan of York Peppermint Patties, these mint patties are delicious, and so easy to make the natural flavor of peppermint sets these treats apart. Rich dark chocolate covers a minty melt-in-your-mouth sweet center. These homemade peppermint patties are also great for putting in a pretty box and giving as a gift.

Making candy from scratch is easy. You know exactly what’s in the recipe when you prepare food at home. You can eliminate preservatives and ingredients you cannot pronounce. Best of all, you don’t even need to start your oven to enjoy this minty kick. Your taste buds are going to love these York peppermint pattie sweets. Bite-size chocolate candy doesn’t get any better than this!

York Peppermint Patties History

In the 1920s, Henry C. Kessler founded the York Cone Company in York, Pennsylvania. It should come as no surprise that they made ice cream cones.

However, in 1940, Kessler decided to create a firm, crisp peppermint candy, that would be quite different from the “gummy” peppermint candies that were then being sucked on. In fact, each pattie was tested for crispness:

“It was a snap test. If the candy didn’t break clean in the middle, it was a second.”

Scrumptious York Peppermint Patties became so popular that the York Cone Company soon gave up making ice cream cones altogether. The current incarnation of York mints is made by Hershey. It’s not quite as crisp as the original, but it’s just as tasty. The Hershey company has done well to carry on this iconic candy. I know you are going to love this homemade peppermint patty recipe.

York Peppermint Patty Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Powdered sugar – gives the candy its sweetness. This sugar is also known as confectioner sugar
  • Corn syrup – adds a smooth texture to the patties. If you don’t want to use corn syrup, some grocery stores sell Golden Cane Syrup which is made out of sugar cane.
  • Butter – adds a nice flavor and helps to make the sugar bind very nicely together.
  • Peppermint extract – for the classy mint flavor
  • Dark chocolate – to coat the patties, if you desire, you could use milk chocolate instead of the dark chocolate
  • Vegetable shortening – for a lovely glossy chocolate coating.
Ingredients to make homemade York Peppermint Patties

What is the Best Kind of Sugar to Use?

I personally use sugar made from sugar cane. Not all sugar is made from sugar cane, some of it is made with sugar beets. Cooks Illustrated states that sugar made from sugar cane has more flavor and it is better to use when making sugar cookies and candy.

a bowl of homemade York peppermint patties

How to Make York Peppermint Patties

  1. Sift the powdered sugar.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add powdered sugar, corn syrup, butter, and peppermint extract.
  3. Blend with a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth.
peppermint pattie candy mixture in a bowl
  1. Portion the mint mixture into bite-sized balls of dough and place on wax paper resting on a cookie sheet.
  2. Refrigerate the balls for 20 minutes.
  3. With the bottom of a glass, press the balls into patties.
peppermint candy patties on a baking sheet
  1. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening.
melted dark chocolate and shortening
  1. Drop the peppermint patties into the melted chocolate.
dipping peppermint pattie candy into chocolate
  1. Flip the peppermint pattie over to coat on all sides with a fork. Shake off excess chocolate.
chocolate dipped peppermint patty on a fork
  1. Place the dipped peppermint patties on either a silicone mat, parchment paper, or waxed paper to dry.
chocolate dipped peppermint patties on a baking sheet

You can top the candies with sprinkles if desired.

Frequently asked questions

What is inside of a York Peppermint Patty?

The inside of a York Peppermint Patty contains confectioner’s sugar, peppermint extract, corn syrup, and vegetable shortening, this recipe uses butter instead of shortening.

Are York Peppermint Patties bad for you?

This candy is low in sodium and low in fat. While they aren’t extremely healthy due to the content of the sugar, they can be enjoyed in moderation. These dark chocolate peppermint treats are gluten-free.

Are York Peppermint Patties low carb?

No, york peppermint patties are not low carb.

Recipe Notes

Sift the sugar to make sure it is light and fluffy before blending it with butter, peppermint extract, and corn syrup.

After blending this together, portion the mint candy into bite-sized pieces rolled into balls. Refrigerate the balls while melting the chocolate.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler on the stove. Make sure the water in the double boiler is only at a simmer. You do not want the steam or water drops to get into the chocolate. If it does, your chocolate will seize and not be smooth.

You can melt the chocolate in the microwave. Place all chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat the chocolate for 30 seconds, remove the chocolate stir, and repeat until all of the chocolate has melted.

homemade York Peppermint Patties in a dish and one with a bite out of it

How to Store Homemade Peppermint Patties

To enjoy these bite-size sweets be sure to place them in an airtight container. I recommend storing them in the refrigerator. Do not place the finished candies in the freezer, the chocolate may discolor, and not look as pretty.

You can take some out of the fridge to let them get to room temperature before enjoying the candy.

I hope you give this homemade peppermint patty recipe a try. These mighty candies are a rich snack that is perfect for any special occasion, easter baskets, work celebrations, Christmas stockings, Halloween candy bowls or even Valentine’s day gift bags. No matter if you enjoy these minty delights for a quick snack or another occasion I know you are going to love this easy-to-make recipe.

homemade York Peppermint Patties in a dish and one with a bite out of it

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Copycat York Peppermint Patties

You are going to love how easy it is to make York Peppermint Patties at home with this easy copycat candy recipe. These sweet treats are so delicious you’ll have a hard time keeping your family from gobbling them all up.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Copycat York Peppermint Patties, Homemade York Peppermint Patties, York Peppermint Patties
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 175kcal


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • cup corn syrup
  • cup butter
  • 4 or 5 drops peppermint extract
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening


  • Sift the powdered sugar.
  • In a medium-sized bowl add powdered sugar, corn syrup, butter, and peppermint extract. Blend with a mixer until smooth.
  • Portion the mint candy into bite-sized balls. Refrigerate the balls for about 20 minutes. 
  • When you ready to dip the patties, press them with the bottom of a glass.   
  • In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening. Stir to combine.
  • Drop the peppermint patties into the melted chocolate, flip over, and then place the dipped peppermint patties on either a silicone mat or waxed paper to dry.
  • Store these in an airtight container.



If you do not want to use vegetable shortening, you may substitute coconut oil or butter.  Vegetable shortening gives the best results.  


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1.1mg