National Peppermint Patty Day
annually on February 11th
The peppermint patty, or pattie, is a confection with a creamy peppermint filling on the inside, and a semisweet chocolate on the outside. There are various brands of peppermint pattys, but the most popular is the York Peppermint Pattie, which began being made by the York Cone Company in 1940. It was mainly sold in the northeastern United States at the time, but after it was acquired by Peter Paul in 1972, they launched the candy nationally in 1975. Peter Paul merged with Cadbury in 1978, and they were acquired by Hershey in 1988. Hershey still makes the candy today. When the York Peppermint Pattie debuted, it was firm and crisp, unlike already existing similar candies, which were softer and gooier.
Although the York Peppermint Pattie is the most popular, many other chocolate covered peppermint candies existed before it and have been made during its existence, such as Pearson's, and Curtiss—the maker of the Baby Ruth bar. Similar candies that were made before the York Peppermint Pattie were called "cream wafers" and "cream patties," and they were sometimes filled with other flavors besides peppermint, such as wintergreen, lemon, orange, maple, chocolate, and pistachio.
Peppermint Patty was also a character from Charles Schultz's Peanuts, and debuted in 1966. Her name did not come from the York candy though, as it was not a nationally sold candy in 1966. But, Schultz said he did get the idea for her name from a dish of peppermint candies.
How to Observe National Peppermint Patty Day
Celebrate the day by eating peppermint patties! Buy some of the most iconic brand, the York Peppermint Pattie, or any other variety you can find. It's even possible to make your own!