I've never tried Kendal Mint cake before but when we were on holiday my mum saw a shop that sold it and brought us all a bar to try. I love mint flavours and she knows that so she thought I'd really enjoy it and I did!
This one is by Wilsons but my mum reckons most of it tastes the same. It's like a solid slab of a very strong peppermint cream and I was proper surprised when I bit it the first time because the mint is that strong that it nearly made my eyes water.
When you have got a bit of the mint cake in your mouth it starts to melt and then you get a very cool feeling all over your tongue. It doesn't melt all the way but the slab goes softer while the outer surface is melting into a paste round it.
It made my mouth feel proper fresh because it's not that sweet so the only taste of it is the mint and that made it a very refreshing snack. I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did because even though I love the taste of mint the smell of it is so strong that I thought it would be too overpowering.
It's weird because even though the mint is very overpowering it still tastes wicked and doesn't make it feel too heavy. The cake is dead moorish and I couldn't stop until I'd eaten the whole bar but it made me feel a bit sick after I'd finished it.
If you like mint you should try one of these babies, it's such a delish thing to eat and proper unusual.
I first tasted Kendal Mint Cake when out hiking with some friends; this is a common use of the glucose-based confectionery, its high sugar content is quickly released into the body for a short burst of energy on any physical activity. Though it's known mostly for walking, climbers, canoeists and many other sport activists eat Kendal Mint Cake for not only its energy, but its great taste!
The cake is flavoured with peppermint, which is not subtle. The taste is very powerful, and originally I disliked Kendal Mint Cake because the mint was very over powering, now however I love the stuff, but for anyone that isn't so keen on mint flavoured food products, I'd stay away from this one.
It's brittle in nature, and quite hard to break off a nice bite sized piece. Just a large bar of sugar that is effectively what this is. Maybe not so good for sharing? Well I think unless you plan to make this last, it definitely needs sharing. I'm yet to find a bar that is the size of a normal chocolate bar, all the sizes I've seen are similar to the 100g - 150g Dairy Milk bars which are too big for me, I could imagine what would happen if the bar was eaten in one... major sugar rush!
There are many varieties in the product line, from those that are white, to those that are brown, to those cover with plain chocolate and those cover with dark. It's nice to see a range. Though I've yet to try any of them, I'll be sure to check them out next time!
Kendal Mint Cake is perfect for that much needed burst of energy. As far as a confectionery you might eat at home, I'd try not to, the calorie count and sugar content is high enough that you should aim to get rid of it; thus people eat it when doing physical activity; you wouldn't want this laying in the bottom of your stomach.
Ever since I was little I have enjoyed this minty treat. I remember the days when you used to be able to buy Kendal Mint cake in the local spar, but those days are gone and you can no longer find Kendal mint cake as easily as popping into your local shop but instead it is found in the likes of health food stores such as Holland and Barret, and outdoor stores such as go outdoors.
====WHAT IS IT=====
Kendal Mint cake essentially is a glucose-based bar flavoured with peppermint that is often consumed by climbers and mountaineers due to it's high energy content. I love the great outdoors and my partner and I head off on a new hill walking adventure every other weekend and this Mint cake is often packed into my bag so I can nibble on it when I feel like I need an energy boost. It truly is a great source of energy as I always feel a little revitalised and refreshed even after eating the smallest piece.
====A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY====
Kendal mint cake was first developed by accident by Joseph Wiper who in his attempt to create clear glacier mints in 1869 came up with this delicious mint cake. As the name may suggest, the mint cake originates from Kendal in Cumbria, England, very near to the lake district, so if you're every holidaying in the lake district be sure to make a stop in Kendal and visit one of the local manufacurers as there are 3 to choose from and the three are as follows
1. QUIGGINS - With manufacturing dating back to 1888, Quiggins claims that it is the original home of Kendal mint cake and is the oldest mint cake manufacturer still in operation. Currently operating in Lowfellside, Kendal, Cumbria, England, Quiggins provides a variety of sweet treats to the passing public, but with traditional and chocolate coated Kendal mint cake being their most famed product.
2. WILSONS - For more than 90 years, wilsons has been manufacturing kendal mint cake first out of the Old Inn Yard in Kendal, and then due to popular demand it was necessary to move the manufacturing to larger premises and so moved to stricklandgate where a small factory store and restaurant were in operation from 1915 to 1983, then due to popular demand again they moved to a location with an even larger factory on Cross Lane in Kendal where the factory remains in operation today.
3. ROMNEYS - Originally founded in 1918 a few years after wilsons it wasn;'t until 1936 that George Romney Limited was established. A small family run business which it remains today. Probably one of the most famous of the three as Romneys mint cake was carried to the heights of mount everest in May 1953 on the first ever successful expedition to the summit. Currently located in Mintsfeet Trading estate, Kendal, Cumbria.
====WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE=====
Well I hate to state the obvious but this tastes like peppermint. It has the texture of the likes of scottish tablet and maccaroon, it is smooth and hard but yet has the ability to just dissolve in your mouth as soon as you start chewing - don't get me wrong it's not chewy, it sort of just crumbles and dissolves. With it's high sugar content it is sweet but the peppermint flavouring overpowers the sweetness and it really is a delight to eat. When you take your first bite of this product you can almost feel the little tiny crystals of sugar move around in your mouth grinding against your teeth - but not in an unpleasant way. It really is a hard one to try and describe.
====WHAT DOES IT SMELL LIKE====
When you first open up the packet you instantly get a noseful of peppermint.......sweet peppermint. A taster of what;s to come when you take your first bite.
====WHAT'S IN IT====
The Kendal mint cake recipe in it's entirety has been a trade secret for the last 100 years but I can tell you that the same recipe and ingredients have been used over that period of time, and these ingredients are boiled slowly in copper pans and stirred continuously to create what we know today as mint cake. Base ingredients are as follows;
Oil of Peppermint
====WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE====
You can now find a variety of kendal mint cakes including; mint cake made with white sugar which is typically white in colour and can often look a little like marble, mint cake made with brown sugar, which looks the same as the white cake only it is sort of a caramel colour and finally you get chocolate coated mint cake which just looks like a chocolate bar. You can get numerous sizes of traditional bars ranging from mini bars at 35g each, regular bars at 85g each, large bars at 179g each and extra large cakes at 450g each. The chocolat coated bars typically can be found in mini bars at 35g each, medium sized bars at 50g each, large bars at 106g each and the largest bar at 213g. Each individual company of course has it's own brand packaging.
====WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT====
Very prominent in the lake district, you can buy this in most stores. You can purchase mint cake from Quiggins directly through their online website, but this is the only manufacturer of the 3 that offer this service.
You can also purchase mint cake from most health food stores, apologies, I'm not sure how much Kendal mint cake is sold for in such places.
You can also purchase from a large variety of online stores with Kendal corner offering a 3 pack of each variety, white, brown and chocolate coated delivered for £1.89 for 3 x 40g bars.
===WOULD I RECOMMEND IT===
Absolutely - if you're a fan of the outdoors and you like peppermint then this is a great energy bar. Ah who am I kidding, I don't just eat this when I'm out walking and climbing hills I eat it in the comfort of my own home because it's such a tasty treat. I recommend that everyone try this at least once - you really don't know what you're missing :)
Apparently Kendal mint cake is a sweet bar used by walkers, mountaineers and the general outdoor type to give them energy whilst out on their pursuits.
It comes in a wrapper about the size of a bar of chocolate, and is a little brittle.
There are varieties of Kendal Mint cake made from brown sugar, and there are other chocolate covered varieties, but to me Kendal mint cake is the one made with white sugar.
It is essentially made from white sugar, water and peppermint and no doubt other ingredients to give it its particular texture and hold it together.
Now if you really want to experience this properly I suppose you should go out walking in the Lake District or Loch Lomonf and pop a chunk into your mouth everynow and then.
I am in front of that telly watching the footie with a pint of Guinness, popping that lovely melty mintyness into my gob and letting it slowly dissolve until my next chunk, interspered of course with a very large and healthy sip of Guinness.
Hey guys, while your sat atop Ben Lomond freezing your nuts off, I am sat in front of the fire watching the telly.
Enjoy your walk!
I absolutely love Kendal Mint cake - it is one of those sweet items that I have enjoyed since I've been little and continue to love even now. I don't know that many people who like it and I never know why because in my opinion it is just so nice!!
What is it?
Kendal mint cake is a block of sugar, glucose, water and peppermint oil. It is made by the sugar, glucose and sugar being boiled in a copper pan whilst being stirred and then the peppermint oil being added. Apparently if the mixture wasn't stirred then this would mean the mixture would become clear like glacier mints. Once it is ready the mixture is then the moulds and sets.
It is so called Kendal mint cake because that is where it is made but there are different companies who do make it one being the above, Wilsons.
How big is it?
What I like about Kendal Mint cake is how big they make the bars! It's not as if the amount of sugar in it isn't bad enough but I really don't care - if I'm going to eat something that's bad for me then I may as well do it properly!!
Normally an average sized bar is 100g so bigger than a normal chocolate bar but they do make them in 35g too although you see them sizes less often. I guess a lot of people prefer the bigger size!
How much is it?
Unfortunately it's not the cheapest confectionary bar around! A 35g bar retails at around 45-50p and the large 100g bar at around 90p-£1 which isn't cheap for a sweet bar but, is cheaper than buying 3 of the smaller bars separately! I would say it is worth the money though as it's totally unique and tastes great - really it is only a little bit more than a normal chocolate bar
Varieties and taste:
The mint cake is sold in one of three varieties. There is the plain white mint bar, a brown one made with brown sugar and then the white one coated in chocolate which is my favourite! The mint bar is solid, not soft and I personally believe it is much nicer when left in the fridge for a while so it has a nice crunch when you bit into it! When you first open any of the bars you can really smell the mint but it is stronger on the white bars than the brown. The taste is also quite strong when you first bite into it and the mint could be quite overpowering to some unlike me who loves mint this is truly wonderful! It is quite hard to describe exactly how the mint flavour tastes but if you've ever had cough candy (the sugar brown type) then it has the same kind of consistency and texture to that.
Kendal mint cake is referred to as a supplier of energy due to the amount of sugar in it and was taken on expedition by Edmund Hillary and his crew when they made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953.
I love Kendal mint cake because it is so different - the mint flavour is really strong! If you are not too keen on the plain one I would say to try the chocolate covered one as it really makes a huge difference to the overall flavour of this unique bar and makes a bit of an alternative to the usual choccy bar!!
Kendal Mint Cake is still made in Exactly the same way as it was nearly 100 years ago, the sugar stirred by hand in Copper Pans for that magic taste.