Sanders Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on February 26 2007 | Leave A Comment

You Americans are so funny. You have a word for everything.

“Patties”, for instance. That’s not really a word we use here in the UK, and for some reason it just makes me laugh when I read it. If these were marketed in the UK, they’d simply be “Dark Chocolate Peppermints”… or maybe “After Dinner Mints”.

Sanders Peppermint PattiesI’m told Sanders Candy is quite well known in the US, but it’s not something we get in the UK (except when the postman turns up on your doorstep with a big box of it!). I didn’t really know what to expect from these, but as it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised.

We’ve reviewed a few ‘dark chocolate with mint fondant filling’ products on Chocablog before (Mint Munchies, Fry’s Chocolate Cream, After Eight), but this is my personal favourite so far.

The chocolate is smooth and rich – the box doesn’t give the cocoa content, but it has a nice, bittersweet taste. It’s also nice and thick. As after dinner mints go, these are quite substantial.

Sanders Peppermint PattiesThe filling is probably the nicest peppermint fondant I’ve tasted recently. It has just the right consistency. Not to thick, not runny. Very similar to a Creme Egg. And the taste is refreshing and minty without being overpowering.

The overall effect is just right. Thick, sweet and refreshing, with none of that weird aftertaste that’s so common with chocolate mints. These are definitely made for sharing out after a dinner party. They look sophisticated without being pretentious, they’re substantial enough that your guests won’t feel short-changed, and most importantly of all, they won’t think you’re stuck in the 70s.

Now all I need to do is get myself invited to a dinner party… anyone?

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  1. Chocstress (Chocablog Staff)

    Now if you are going to arrive with these chocs then consider yourself invited. :)
    Probably not really ‘dinner’ as such – beans on toast ok?
    Probably not really a party either – I have no friends. :(

    Pattie makes me think of Spongebob Squarepants and his Krabby Patties. I can do all the voices from Spongebob Squarepants by the way ;)

  2. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    Old Proverb: “Beans on toast doth not a dinner party make” ;)

    I’d love to share, but I appear to have accidentally eaten them all. Oops.

  3. I think these were too mint intense for my test kitchen pals. The old folks ate the remainders in the blink of an eye, though, and I highly recommend them for any form of cotton mouth. Let’s just say they would have come in handy on Ash Wednesday.
    Pattie is a pretty good description; kind of large, like a honkin’ big hamburger pattie.

  4. Gail

    I’m originally from Detroit, MI and Sander’s was and I think still is made there. They used to have free standing shops that served “ladies lunches” and hand dipped milkshakes (midwest definition) but they were most famous for their ice cream filled cream puffs topped with their awesome chocolate fudge sauce. The company went out of business for a while so all the soda fountains were closed but someone but the name and the recipes and started making their products again much to the everlasting delight of a generation of Michiganians.