Peppermint patties are chocolate-covered mint candies. Traditionally, the minty filling is made with [fondant](https://www.masterclass.com/articles/fondant-recipe), a pliable sugar paste flavored with peppermint oil. There are a few different ways to approximate the creamy filling at home, such as with sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar, corn syrup, egg whites, or vegetable shortening with vanilla extract and mint extract. Classic peppermint patties feature a dark chocolate coating, but you can also make the patties using milk chocolate.\nCandy recipes for homemade peppermint patties appeared in American magazines and cookbooks as early as 1878, and by 1921, peppermint candies were considered "old fashioned." In those days, mint patties were made with food coloring and did not always feature a chocolate shell. Peppermint patties were popularized in 1940 when York Cone Company began producing the York Peppermint Pattie.\nLearn how to make homemade peppermint patties, a popular holiday treat.