Thursday, December 23, 2010

RM Palmer Peppermint Patties

I’ve often made fun of R.M. Palmer as a maker of horrible candy. I do my best though to keep an open mind whenever I approach a candy from them that I’ve never had. Sometimes I’m rewarded.

RM Palmer Peppermint Patties

I picked up their Peppermint Patties since they were on display as a “great value” at RiteAid. It was only $1.00 for a 5 ounce bag of individually wrapped patties. Each little pattie is about 1.5 inches in diameter.

They’re molded instead of enrobed, which is kind of odd. (More like the Russell Stover version I mentioned last week in construction than the Haviland.) The molding has ripples on it to make them look liked they’ve been enrobed, but it’s easy to tell around the edge that they’re made in a mold. (And they look nothing like the image on the package, which I seem to have lost.)

The big difference between these and most other peppermint patties is the coating. This is not chocolate, it’s mockolate. The first ingredient on the list is sugar and the second is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (palm kernel, coconut and/or palm oil). It’s really evident upon biting into them. The coating has a decent melt and the whole thing has a cool and fresh minty scent. The cocoa flavors are just that, plain old cocoa, like I’m eating that paste that you make with water and hot cocoa mix, not actual chocolate. The minty center is creamy and smooth and has a very subtle flavor, almost like peppermint bubble gum instead of a strong breath mint style.

Since there’s more coating than filling, these are very high on the calorie count for a peppermint pattie. York Peppermint Patties are about 115 calories per ounce, which is great for a product that contains real chocolate. These clock in at 152 calories per ounce. For that you can have an actual chocolate truffle (sure, it’ll cost more) and enjoy the real fats instead of this partially hydrogenated artery clogging crud.

They’re not horrible, they’re just not that good. I don’t plan on finishing the bag.

Related Candies

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  2. Haviland Dark Chocolate Covered Thin Mints
  3. King Leo Dark Chocolate Crunchy Patties
  4. Sunspire Peppermint Pattie
  5. Manhattan Chocolates Dipped Mint Cremes
  6. Christmas Mint Round Up
  7. Junior Mints Deluxe

Name: Peppermint Patties
Brand: R.M. Palmer
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Vermonica)
Price: $1.00
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 152
Categories: Candy, R.M. Palmer, Kosher, Mints, Mockolate, 5-Pleasant, United States, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:48 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewR.M. PalmerKosherMintsMockolate5-PleasantUnited StatesRite Aid

  1. Hey

    I like your blog and that you have reviewed candies from several counties (even Finnish licorice smile)

    Here is a suggestion. If you ever happen to get your hands on Finnish Fazer Blue milk chocolate, you should try it. It’s the most popular milk chocolate here in Finland. It is not as sweet as other European chocolates and has a unique strong cocoa flavor with a ever so slight hint of saltines. It’s also made from fresh milk instead of powdered or condensed milk.

    Here is one link to find more information:

    PS: Sorry about my bad English smile

    Comment by Markus on 12/28/10 at 4:09 am #
  2. Actually my husband and I were so remarkably impressed with the great taste of the Palmer Peppermint Patties that we drove to every Rite Aid in the area to get in on the after-Christmas sale of the candy.
    We’ve had the York and Pearson, but we really loved these!

    Comment by Robin on 1/07/11 at 6:51 am #
  3. Ugh…Palmer candies are the work of the devil.  I was checking out the Christmas candy aisle of my local supermarket and came cross a whole shelf of Palmer stuff.  Every single item was a phony imitation of real candy: “chocolatey,” “peanut buttery,” etc.  Gross.

    I do wonder, though, if there are Palmer fans.  I’m sure that most of their business comes from grandmas who don’t know the difference and buy their stuff thinking it’s real chocolate, but are there any people who actively seek out and intentionally purchase Palmer products??

    Comment by Jonathan on 1/07/11 at 6:56 am #
  4. Peppermint Patties, YES!
    Other Palmer products, not so much.

    Comment by Robin on 1/07/11 at 7:05 am #
  5. Robin - I highly recommend trying York Peppermint Patties.  They are the gold standard!!

    Comment by Jonathan on 1/07/11 at 7:26 am #
  6. I can not seem to find the accurate nutritional info on this item! I would just like to know what the nutritional info is on one small patty. I saw on one website it said 225 calories for ONE patty. I find that hard to believe. Does anyone know what the true calorie/fat/carb etc. info is for one patty?

    Comment by MacKenzie on 4/04/11 at 1:02 pm #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    MacKenzie - it’s 225 calories per serving (1.5 ounces) or as I listed here, 152 calories per ounce. That’s probably about 3 patties, or 50 calories per patty. As I mentioned in the review, they’re very high in fat for a non-chocolate candy. Go for the Haviland (made by Necco) for all natural ingredients and a better price.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/04/11 at 1:16 pm #
  8. I like the palmer mints. the remind me of andes mints. I would probably avoid most the other things however.

    Comment by Brock883 on 11/06/11 at 6:19 pm #
  9. I’m the odd man out…I love these high caloried peppermint treats…and have just discovered them..and wonder if these were around in the 60’s and 70’s..Palmer sounds familiar..

    Comment by jab on 1/18/16 at 9:18 am #
  10. These sort of remind me of the mint Viscount biscuits that we have in the UK, apart from these don’t seem to have any biscuit to them so they might be a bit sickly, nonetheless I still want to try them, can’t wait till I’m in San Diego this coming winter again, I’m going to use this site as my candy bible buyers guide smile

    Comment by icariin on 3/06/16 at 5:37 am #
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