To freshen up your breath and lighten your mood, reach for peppermint candy. Although the exact origins of peppermint-flavored candies are unknown, Altoids are among the earliest-known varieties. These hard mints date back to 1781 when Smith & Company introduced them in London.
Like many hard candies, peppermints originally served medicinal purposes. Chemists often blended peppermint flavoring into medicines to mask an unpleasant taste. For centuries, eastern and western medicine practitioners used the peppermint herb to treat stomach-related illnesses.
Classic red-and-white-striped peppermints come in many shapes and levels of hardness. Candy canes are a Christmas holiday favorite. These minty canes come in standard and mini sizes. Gilliam Old-Fashioned Candy Sticks are perfect all year. King Leo Soft Peppermint Sticks have a softer texture and dissolve more easily.
Many brands make hard peppermint discs. Starlight's hard candy "pinwheels" are the most famous peppermint candy discs in the U.S. The pinwheel descriptor comes from the swirled pattern of the traditional red and white stripes on the circular candy discs. Starlight also makes a mint chocolate variety of pinwheel peppermints.
Mint peppermint puffs start out as hard candy, but they quickly dissolve into a smooth, melty texture. King Leo also makes soft peppermint puffs and crushed hard peppermint bits that are commonly used for baking.
Soft, chewy peppermint varieties allow you to enjoy the refreshing mint flavor in a satisfying texture. The thin, ribbony texture of Washburn Candy Ribbons makes them a unique peppermint treat. Candy cane jelly beans have a chewy candy shell with a soft center.
Peppermint pairs well with chocolate. Chocolate mint lovers go crazy for York Peppermint Patties. Candy Cane Cups are light, refreshing alternative to peanut butter cups.
Check out our peppermint candy selection. We have so many varieties that you will surely find a new favorite.