Peppermint Pattie Breakthroughs

Hershey’s York Pieces

Hershey’s York Pieces

I Paid: $3.19 for a 10.5-ounce bag (prices may vary by region)

Taste: 4 stars

Marketing: 4 stars

Once upon a time, there was a mint-flavored variety of M&M’s called Royals. The candies had little crowns on them, and they were a clear step beyond M&M’s, combining the soothing sweetness of industrial-grade chocolate with an invigorating but balanced taste of mint. The recently released Indiana Jones Mint Crisp M&M’s were close, but no cigar: The texture on Royals was classic M&M’s, the texture on Mint Crisp M&M’s considerably more, well, crispy.

Royals soon vanished from the marketplace, but they have—in a sense—come back to us, praise be, in the form of York Pieces, the Reese’s Pieces–style incarnation of the York Peppermint Pattie.

These simple white and blue candies (packaged in a tasteful silver pouch) pack a chocolate-mint one-two punch that fades into a mellow dark-chocolate aftertaste. They’re pretty delicious without being overwhelmingly ambitious, a minty spin on M&M’s, which is a bulletproof candy concept that has spawned infinite variations over the years. Also—and I can’t prove this—I think dark chocolate actually satisfies the snack urge more quickly than milk chocolate.

Though made by Mars rival the Hershey Company, York Pieces nail all the elements that make M&M’s great: a thin candy shell that’s crunchy but delicate, a chocolate center that’s dense but pliable, and a sense of balanced proportion between the two. One final similarity: A nonscientific study seems to suggest that York Pieces won’t melt in your hands either.

James Norton edits the Upper Midwestern food journal Heavy Table. He's also the coauthor of a book on Wisconsin's master cheesemakers. Follow Chowhound on Twitter, and become a fan on Facebook.

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