I took these home to do some "research" and hit a snag. The whole box disappeared from my office. I found it hours later, hidden under my seven-year-old daughter’s pillow. Half of the patties were gone. “I need these for work!” I said. She looked at me, then back at the box of chocolates. “Well, can I have them when you’re done?” she asked.
I don’t blame her. These are peppermint candies with a plus. They're made by Summerdown, which also happens to be the third-generation farm in Hampshire, in the UK, that grows the Black Mitcham peppermint that flavors them. Black Mitcham is an heirloom peppermint that was common in England a century ago, but rare today. The mint is so fresh and vibrant within the dark chocolate coating that the candies practically hum.
The mint is paired with chocolate two ways. First are the creams (illustrated): a thin chocolate shell covers an oozy, woozy peppermint cream. Second are the crisps: thin, mint-infused chocolate wafers that snap between your teeth.
"Those Summerdown Mint chocolate peppermint creams? Opened them last night, and from someone whose favorite childhood candies were York Patties and Junior Mints, and now rarely eats sweets, two words: Life. Changing."
Emily, Vista, CA