How it's Made: Kendal Mint Cake - Kendal Mint Co®

How it's Made: Kendal Mint Cake

Discover the meticulous art of creating Kendal Mint Cake, a process steeped in tradition yet embracing modern quality standards. Here’s a glimpse into the journey of crafting this minty marvel.
Everyone knows Kendal Mint Cake as the original 'energy bar', it has climbed Mount Everest, crossed the Antarctic and even helped keep the army on the move. With such a rich history, its hard to believe so few actually know how it's made! So we thought we'd shed a bit of light...

Step 1. Ingredient Mastery

The journey begins with selecting high-quality ingredients - sugar, glucose syrup, and peppermint oil. These ingredients are the heart of Kendal Mint Cake, ensuring an authentic taste and energizing properties.


Kendal Mint Cake Ingredients

Step 2. The Melting Pot:

The sugar and glucose syrup are gently melted together in large copper pans, under controlled temperatures, to form a clear solution.

The mixture is boiled to 126 degrees Celsius and continuously stirred until it forms a clear solution.

Interesting fact: The temperature required to boil the mixture to clear actually varies day to day and quite dramatically throughout the changing seasons. This is due to the varying temperatures and pressures of the surrounding environment!

Kendal Mint Cake Mix 

Step 3. A Minty Essence (the secret ingredient):

Once the mixture is taken off the boil, and the desired consistency is achieved, fondant and Peppermint Oil are added and stirred in. infusing the blend with its distinctive minty essence.

(Say goodbye to any colds or blocked noses at this point because that Peppermint is strong!)

At this point, our Informed Sport blend of B Vitamins and Electrolytes are carefully added to the mixture to produce the KMC NRG BAR.

Continuous stirring is required to achieve the opaque, cloudy appearance. Otherwise, the mixture would be clear.

We use a top-secret blend of Peppermint Oils from around the world to achieve our minty goodness.

Kendal Mint Cake Peppermint Oil


Step 4. Moulding Perfection:

Once the mixture has turned cloudy, it's carefully poured into moulds by hand and allowed to cool, solidifying into the iconic rectangular bars of Kendal Mint Cake we all love.
The moulds are set on traditional iron cooling tables to help speed up the process.
Arguably the most satisfying part of the process and it is still done by hand.

Kendal Mint Cake Pouring

Step 5. Quality Assurance:

Once the moulds have been filled, it only takes 20 minutes for the Mint Cake to solidify ready for it to be removed from the mould for storage. A very delicate hand is needed for this process, as the bars are still relatively warm and soft.

At this point, each bar undergoes rigorous quality checks to ensure it meets the high standards of taste, texture, and purity before it reaches your hands.

Read more about our Quality Assurance here.

 Kendal Mint Cake quality assurance

Step 6. Cooling off:

Although it only takes 20 minutes to set, the Mint Cake is not quite ready to be packed as it is still pretty hot and is also releasing some moisture. 

If they were packed at this point, they would likely break and moisture would collect on the inside of the wrappers. Nobody wants a soggy Mint Cake!

The bars are carefully staked into containers and covered over, where they cool over night ready for packing the next day.


Step 7. Packing with Care:

Finally, the Kendal Mint Cake Bars are snapped into size, and go through one final quality check before being carefully packaged. Ready to be dispatched and accompany you on your next adventure.

Kendal Mint Cake being packed with care


The Rich Legacy of Kendal Mint Cake

Discover the timeless allure of Kendal Mint Cake, a cherished confection with a storied legacy dating back to 1869. Originating from the charming town of Kendal, England, this mint-infused marvel swiftly captured the hearts of adventurers and explorers alike. 

Learn more.

Where to buy Kendal Mint Cake?

Get Your Slice of Tradition and Embark on your own adventure, whether it be climbing a mountain or conquering your day.

Kendal Mint Co, affectionately know as KMC® offers you a variety of ways to purchase our treasured Kendal Mint Cakes and other sports nutrition products.


Shop Online Here.


Prefer a hands-on shopping experience? Search for the Famous Kendal Mint Co Archer, a hallmark of quality that sets us apart, in stores near you by using our store locator here.

KMC Kendal Mint Cake today: Pioneering New Products

Our endeavor has culminated in an exciting fusion of the time-honored manufacturers of Kendal Mint Cake (dubbed 'The Original Energy Bar') with state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques.

The result is a pioneering range of Sports Nutrition products, meticulously crafted to empower your pursuit of new challenges and adventures.



Today, growing numbers of people are more active than ever before.

Drawn to the beauty and open spaces of places like the Lake District, but also urban streets and local parks. All manner of activities are enjoyed by all ages and abilities.

Running, cycling, swimming, climbing, the list goes on. For every activity, whether elite, enthusiast or just for fun, there is a need to fuel the body in the correct way.

Kendal Mint Cake can fulfill that need with updated, rejuvenated, 'recharged' products for the lives we live today.

KMC NRG BAR: Kendal Mint Cake Recharged - not just a Mint Cake anymore.

Available in White 85g bars or Chocolate Coated 50g bars.

"Best Energy Bars To Fuel Your Exercise 2019"

By Coachmag

Kendal Mint Cake has been manufactured for 100's of years by multiple different families and businesses but it's roots can actually be traced back to the Isle of man "Mint Patty".  The oldest commercially-made mint patty was made by the Quiggin's family on the Isle of Man (an island located in the middle of the northern Irish Sea). They had been making the cakes since 1840, but in 1880, four of the sons formed the Kendal Mint Cake Company - D. Quiggin & Son Ltd.

There's even a "National Peppermint Patty Day" each year on February 11th!

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