Monday, October 29, 2012

Katharine Beecher Party Mints

Katharine Beecher Party MintsThese candies go by a lot of different names: Pillow Mint, Mint Puffs, Dinner Mint and in this version, Party Mints.

The Katharine Beecher Party Mints come in a theater style box. Of course that’s probably not the most likely place to find someone eating this type of candy.

The Katherine Beecher brand dates back to the 1940s. It was founded by a real woman named Katharine Beecher who made classic candies. The brand was acquired by Pennsylvania Dutch Candies in 1974 (now known as the Warrell Corp but it retains the brands of the individual units to this day).

Katharine Beecher Party Mints

The mints come in three colors: pink, yellow and green and one uncolored white version. They’re sealed inside a cellophane sleeve within the box to keep them fresh.

Katharine Beecher Party MintsThe soft and crumbly mints are about 1/2 of an inch in diameter. They’re a crimped mint, which is what gives them their pillow shape. They’re a pretty generous size, bigger than many that I see on the counters at hostess stations at restaurants.

This particular bag was very minty. The ingredients are very simple and boast real peppermint oil in addition to sugar, corn syrup, salt, oil of peppermint, artificial colors.

The texture is smooth and there’s a slight hint of salt on the outside, which is surprising and pleasant. They crumble easily when crunched or dissolve pretty well. I happen to like pillow mints, though I’m more fond of the butter mint style (which I’ll have to seek out now). The quality was very good, they’re consistent and a nice size. But in the end, they’re, well, just mints. A nice thing to have around, especially when you have guests over for a holiday meal or party.

(I was trying to find out who Katharine Beecher was, if she was anyone, and found out that perhaps she was a robot. Or at least a robot was named after her candy tin.)

Related Candies

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  2. Brach’s Christmas Nougats
  3. Life Savers Pep-O-Mint & Wint-O-Green
  4. Smooth n Melty
  5. Trader Joe’s English Soft Peppermints
  6. VerMints

Name: Party Mints
Brand: Warrell Corp
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $.75
Size: 5.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Candy, Warrell Corp, Compressed Dextrose, Kosher, Mints, 7-Worth It, United States, Cost Plus

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:29 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewWarrell CorpCompressed DextroseKosherMints7-Worth ItUnited StatesCost Plus

  1. Dear Cybele,

    For more information on Katharine Beecher, try the York Blog:

    While I don’t see a lot of the candies you review in local stores, I do enjoy reading about them.

    Comment by Jamie on 10/29/12 at 3:49 pm #
  2. I am having a devll of a time trying to find butter mints for my parents-they love them, and it turns out they are very hard to find! I remember there used to be a few varieties that were available in grocery and drug stores, but no longer (around here, in the midwest, anyway). Guess they are not as loved as they once were.

    Comment by Paula on 10/29/12 at 5:59 pm #
  3. I love these Trader Joe’s candies! Thank You, Trader Joes.

    Comment by Victoria on 10/29/12 at 10:28 pm #
  4. @Paula—Probably depends where you live, but I see butter mints all the time at “discount” retailers such as Big Lots, $.99 Store, Dollar Tree, etc.

    Comment by Ruffy on 10/30/12 at 1:03 pm #
  5. Paula - I also frequently see them in craft stores in the sections devoted to weddings and special events.

    Comment by Harvin on 11/03/12 at 9:36 pm #
  6. Katharine Beecher made candy turtles, which came packaged in a round tin can. We used to sell them in the 1960’s and 70’s to earn money for our girl’s club, for a dollar each. Back in the day, a dollar was worth about 20 packs of gum or 5 or 10 Hershey bars. The turtles sold out everytime.

    Comment by Lu on 11/30/12 at 11:14 am #
  7. My Grandmother Miriam is celebrating her 100th birthday this June, 2013 ( God willing). I am starting to plan her party. She worked at Katharine Beecher mints in the late 1940s and early 50s in Manchester, PA. My mother shares stories of how good her mom smelled when she came home from work i the afternoon after making mints all day! I am happy to have found an antique tin from Muddy River Antiques and what is now Warrel Corp mints on line and will have them at My Gram’s party. I’m sure they will make her smile!

    Comment by Tricia on 3/14/13 at 4:15 pm #
  8. I enjoy reading all of these posts.  For some odd reason I googled my grandmother tonight and the pic that popped up was the one I have.  I still at 52 years old love these mints and never tire of them.  She had an amazing work ethic and was a very driven woman

    Comment by Ellen Beecher Wagner on 1/18/14 at 10:18 pm #

    Comment by Nadine Thatcher on 10/12/14 at 10:14 pm #
  10. I love Katherine Beecher’s mints, had them before but not been able to find them till last week.  I associate mints with my childhood my grandmother had them all the time for the fun times sad times and grandmother times.

    Comment by Louise Wilkie on 1/09/16 at 10:16 am #
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