Today we celebrate the cool refreshing candy known as the peppermint patty. But I also think we should take time to also appreciate the lovable cartoon character with the same name created by cartoonist, Charles Schultz.
The candy has been around since the late 1800s, but it was the York Cone Company in York, Pennsylvania that first popularized the minty chocolate covered confection in 1940. So, while they’re not the oldest, they are the most famous. Today they are actually manufactured by Hershey’s Food Corporation in Mexico.
Peppermint Patty, the Peanuts character, was first introduced in 1966 by Charles Schultz when he saw a York Peppermint Pattie candy wrapper and thought it would make the perfect name for a new character he was developing in his cartoon strip. He gave her a spunky tomboy personality who was great at sports but not much for academics. She wore T-shirts, shorts, and sandals everywhere. It was a breakthrough character for the time because most female characterizations were extremely feminine. She was definitely ahead of her time! Thank you, Mr. Schultz for giving us a girl like her.
So, since the candy came first, it’s only fitting to share a yummy recipe that you can make at home. The ingredients are minimal and it comes together quickly. If mint flavoring isn’t your thing, you can easily change the extract flavoring.
“If they ask you to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius, remember that it’s easier just to put on a sweater” – Peppermint Patty, words to live by.
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp mint extract
4 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate candy coating
Line two cookies sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Combine condensed milk and mint extract in a medium bowl. Gradually mix in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until it is all combined and a stiff dough is formed. Form 1” balls either by hand or with a small cookie scoop. Place balls on cookie sheets and flatten with the base of a drinking glass or by hand. Set aside for two hours to air dry uncovered at room temperature. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Dip each patty in chocolate and fully coat. Lay back on cookie sheets to harden. Refrigerate if you want to speed up the hardening process of the coating. Store in covered container in the refrigerator. Makes approximately 24 patties.