WanderFood Wednesday: Kendal Mint Cake

Sugary Sweetness

Normally I’d argue that stationery supplies are the way to a girl’s heart, but the Easter break has reaffirmed that it is indeed chocolate.

And all things sweet.

After four relaxing days in the UK’s Lake District it was time to sample the local delicacy – Kendal Mint Cake.

Now like all great inventions, such as penicillin, legend has it that the bloke who discovered Kendal Mint Cake did so through sheer luck.

A Kendal confectioner was making glacier mints when his eye wandered off the task at hand (and probably over a Kendal lady). He noticed that the mixture in his pan had started to ‘grain’ and turned cloudy, instead of clear. When he poured it out he’d created Mint Cake – too easy!

Manufacturer’s stories vary but Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake credit Joseph Wiper, who started production at his Kendal factory in 1869. In the early days it was only sold to the locals but it was such a hit that it made a weekly trip via Kendal’s Railway Station to areas around North East England

It’s made by combining water, sugar and glucose, so while it may not meet your daily nutritional requirements, it’s a stick of sickly sweetness. Sugar headache anyone?

Foodie Fact: Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake journeyed to the summit of Mount Everest on 29th May 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary and Sirdar Tensing. The packaging quotes a member of the expedition revealing “we sat on the snow and looked at the country far below us…we nibbled Kendal Mint Cake”.

See WanderFood Wednesday for more foodie posts and travel tales.

Photo credit: Christabelle


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jessiev
    Apr 08, 2010 @ 00:56:11

    i’ve not tried it yet – will have to, next time we’re in the UK!


  2. Nancie (Ladyexpat)
    Apr 08, 2010 @ 12:45:03

    This sounds delicious…………in moderation…haha


  3. ieatmypigeon
    Apr 09, 2010 @ 09:34:54

    Intriguing product! Might have to have a tiny, tiny taste some day.


  4. ramblingsaffie
    Jun 29, 2010 @ 06:20:37

    Great food fact. Everest, those are well travelled Mint Cakes.


  5. Marie
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 00:06:02

    When we lived in Sheffield we’d always take a cake of this when we went out walking. I didn’t know the history however. You do know there is a chocolate covered one, right? I wouldn’t want you to miss out!


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