Frequently asked questions at kendal mint co

FAQ’s & Help

All the Answers to your most Frequently Asked Question in one place.

All Frequently Asked Questions & Answers:

I haven't tried your products before, how can I sample the range?

A great way to try our new products in with the Action Pack This little box is packed with ALL 10 of our products! That's 2 Energy Bars, 5 Energy Gels, 1 Isotonic Drink Powder, 1 Protein Powder AND the Brand New Natural Superfood Bar. Plus Free Delivery.

You can get yours here.

Are Kendal Mint Co. products tested for banned substances?

Yes! Our Gels, Hydration and Recovery Mixes have been developed using a world-class approach to quality and banned substance testing, providing assurance for athletes. More information here.

All of our Gels are lightweight, compact and designed to fit in jersey pockets, cycle bags and waist packs. They are pressure tested, so don't worry about the packaging tearing or bursting during exercise.

Read more about our quality assurance here.

Where can I buy your products?

All of our products are also available through our website

We're are also available on a number of other channels and independent retailers. You can check our store locator here.

Top-Tip: Look for the Big Green Kendal Archer. A symbol of precision, strength, and the adventurous spirit encapsulated in every KMC® product. More than just a logo, it's a hallmark of quality that sets us apart.

When will I receive my order?

To track your order, please go to your account and orders page here.
- From here you can click on your recent orders and find your tracking information.

Depending on your requested service most UK orders will be shipped within 3-5 working days.

For up to date information, international shipping and more please visit our Shipping information here.

All orders are sent using fully tracked delivery services. For up to date information you should check our shipping information here.

Always check your Junk emails for tracking information.

What is Kendal Mint cake?

A Glucose based bar infused with Peppermint oil, used for centuries as a source of energy on pioneering adventures such as Chris Bonnington most notably on the ascent of Everest. It’s not just a treat, it's an experience we've crafted over the years.

Is Kendal Mint Cake Good for Running?

Yes! Kendal Mint Cake is great for runners as it contains glucose which is the preferred source of instant energy by the body.Read more here.

Can you use Kendal Mint Cake for Cycling?

Yes! Kendal Mint Cake is used by many cyclists.Read more here.

Is Kendal Mint Cake Vegan & Gluten Free?

All of our bars (apart from White Chocolate Coated) are Vegan and Gluten Free. The Chocolate used in the plain chocolate coated is Soya based rather than Milk. You can find more details on the product pages.

How much Energy/ Carbohydrate in a Kendal Mint Cake?

The Original Flavour KMC NRG BAR is made up of 6 blocks, each block contains 14g of Carbohydrate/ 57 kcal. That's a whopping 83g of Carbohydrate and 342 kcal per bar! The Chocolate Coated KMC NRG BAR 50g contains slightly less at 49g Carbohydrate/ 220 kcal per bar. What it lacks in Carbohydrate it makes up for in Chocolatey deliciousness!

What makes KMC NRG BAR's different?

We have worked hard to create a product that does not compromise the Original Taste & texture people already know and love by partnering with the oldest manufacturers. The biggest different is the upgraded "recharged" ingredients. Our specifically formulated B Vitamin blend creates a more effecient energy delivery system and helps with red blood cell functionality, reducing the typical "bonk" or "crash" when consuming sugary foods. The electrolyte formula is designed to improve physical performance and helping with the firing between synapses and also aiding hydration.

How is Kendal Mint Cake made?

Kendal Mint Cake is made by hand using traditional techniques which are often top-secret! Find out how the worlds oldest energy bar is made here.

What makes Mint so special?

Mint, specifically Peppermint - one of the oldest natural remedies for all sorts of things. A Natural calming and soothing herb which acts as an Anti-inflammatory and encourages bile flow.

Peppermint contains high concentrations of Menthol - a natural aromatic decongestant that helps break up phlegm and mucus, making it easier to expel.

Menthol has also been proven to help improve performance in hot climates.

Peppermint Extract has even been found to increase the pain threshold. Often used for colonoscopy to stop painful cramping in patients. Closely related to the anti-inflammatory properties.

Not bad when you need that edge on your competitors! Read more here.

Is Kendal Mint Cake Fragile?

Yes, it's widely accepted that Kendal Mint Cake is an inherrently fragile product so breakages do sometimes happen. A little extra care when packing Kendal Mint Cake into bags and pockets can easily avoid this.

What is the original Kendal Mint Cake?

The great debate! Our Kendal Mint Cake Recipe is over 130 years old and made by hand at the oldest manufactures. However, Folklore suggests in 1918 Joseph wiper accidentally created Kendal Mint Cake when he over-boiled his glacier mints... Either way it makes for a delicious and energy-rich sweet treat during hard efforts!

What is Kendal Mint Cake made of? Kendal Mint Cake Ingredients

Our Kendal Mint Cake NRG BARs are still made by hand the traditional way using: Sugar, Glucose Syrup and a top-secret blend of natural Peppermint Oil. KMC NRG BAR also includes our Electrolyte & B-Vitamin blend carefully designed to help with physical performance and the breakdown of carbohydrate into energy.

How many calories & carbohydrates in Kendal Mint Cake?

One 85g bar contains 342kcal and 83.52g of Carbohydrate - That's a serious amount of energy for when you need it most!

What is Informed Sport?

Informed Sport, an independent body, provides risk minimization and assurance to athletes and drug tested personnel through its globally recognised testing and certification program for sports and nutritional supplement products.

Read more here

How does Informed Sport Certification work?

To ensure our certified supplements are safer for athletes, we test every single sports supplements batch for banned substances before being released to market through the Strict Informed Sport Certification Process. A process trusted by sports professionals all over the world - so you can be confident your reputation is in safe hands.

Read more here.

Where does Kendal Mint Cake come from?

Our signature Kendal Mint Cake is proudly rooted in Kendal, a town in Cumbria, England. It's a tradition we're honoured to continue.

What are the ingredients in Kendal Mint Co.’s Mint Cake?

Our Kendal Mint Cake is crafted using high-quality ingredients. Such as Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Fondant, Peppermint Oil,  Electrolytes and B Vitamins.

For detailed ingredient lists, you can refer to individual product descriptions on our website.

Is the minty flavour in your Kendal Mint Cake derived from real mint?

Absolutely! We use real peppermint oil in our Kendal Mint Cake to give it that authentic and refreshing minty taste.

What's the history behind Kendal Mint Co.’s Mint Cake?

While the tradition of Kendal Mint Cake dates back to the early 20th century, Kendal Mint Co. has infused modern flair with historical reverence, creating a mint cake beloved by many.

Would you classify Kendal Mint Cake as candy or a cake?

It's a delightful conundrum! While named "cake", our Kendal Mint Cake is more akin to a confectionery delight.

How does Kendal Mint Co. craft its Kendal Mint Cake?

We merge tradition with modern techniques. Once you taste our Kendal Mint Cake, you'll understand the craft that goes behind each piece. Read our blog "How it's Made: Kendal Mint Cake" here.

Does Kendal Mint Co. offer different flavours or varieties of Mint Cake?

Yes! Beyond our classic peppermint, we have a range of exciting flavours. Visit our collection on our website to explore them all.

Is Kendal Mint Cake suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

Our classic Kendal Mint Cake is vegetarian-friendly. For specific varieties and vegan options, please refer to the product details on our website.

Are there other uses for Kendal Mint Cake besides snacking?

Indeed! While it's a great source of energy for adventurers, it's also a delightful ingredient in desserts and a perfect companion for your outdoor expeditions.

How long can I store your Kendal Mint Cake?

Our Mint Cake boasts a substantial shelf life. Sometimes up to 18 months. However, for best results, always check the best-before date on the packaging

Are there health benefits to Kendal Mint Cake?

Our Mint Cake is a rich source of quick energy, essential Electrolytes and B Vitamins, ideal for endurance activities. Remember, moderation is key!

Is Kendal Mint Cake a sought-after gift or souvenir?

Absolutely! It's a unique and delicious memento from the Cumbrian region, making it a favourite choice for both locals and tourists.

Where can I purchase Kendal Mint Co.’s Mint Cake?

You can always find our range of Mint Cakes on our website, as well as selected stockists throughout the United Kingdom.

Can I use your Kendal Mint Cake in dessert recipes?

Definitely! Our Mint Cake can be a refreshing addition to various desserts, providing a minty twist to your favourite recipes.

Where to Buy: Kendal Mint Cake

Kendal Mint Co offers you a variety of ways to purchase our treasured Kendal Mint Cakes and other sports nutrition products.

Shop Online here or find a shop near you using our Store Locator here.

Can you use Kendal Mint Cake for Cycling?

Yes! Kendal Mint Cake is used by many cyclists.

Read more on our blog here.

Is Kendal Mint Cake suitable as a pre-workout snack?

Yes, Kendal Mint Cake can be consumed before a workout for an energy boost.

Can Kendal Mint Cake be used during endurance events like marathons or bike rides?

Yes, Kendal Mint Cake is suitable for athletes in endurance events like marathons or bike rides, offering sustained energy to maintain performance.

Is Kendal Mint Cake Good for Running?

Yes! Kendal Mint Cake can be Great for Runners Kendal Mint Cake can provide a very welcome boost of energy in the form of Glucose. That's why thousands of runners choose Kendal Mint Co® as their fuel. 

What are Energy Gels? What is in Energy Gels?

nergy gels are a functional and easy to take, concentrated source of energy. This makes it easy to replace lost energy stores whilst training and racing.

Read More: Energy Gels - What are they and should I use them?

When should I take an Energy Gel? Energy gel dosage

We recommend you consume one gel every 30-60 minutes, before and during exercise to #Recharge. Suitable for all Sports.

KMC NRG GELs contain 27g of Dual-Charge Carbohydrate, 4 Key Electrolytes and B Vitamins (B3, B5, B6 & B12) so they pack a real punch. If you want to #Supercharge your performance, you have come to the right place!

Always think ahead and stay on top of your energy levels, eat pro-actively not re-actively, to avoid hitting the wall.

  • Eat well before you start exercising and take your first gel within 30-60 minutes into your activity, take one gel every 30-60 minutes thereafter.
  • Our energy gels are much less viscous than most and isotonic, but we would still recommend having some water.
  • It's a good idea to mix it up with some GEL+ Caffeine energy gels. Caffeine is scientifically proven to boost your physical endurance. (...but don't exceed the recommended GDA).

Why do some energy gels hurt my stomach?

Your digestive system is at it's most vulnerable during exercise and your gut needs water to digest carbohydrates.

Read more about Why do some energy gels hurt my stomach?

Are Kendal Mint Co Energy Gels suitable for Vegans?

Yes - all of our energy gels/ KMC NRG GELs are suitable for Vegans.

Are Kendal Mint Co Energy Gels Gluten Free?

Yes - all KMC NRG GELs are Gluten Free.

Do KMC Energy Gels contain Caffeine?

Not all of our energy gels contain caffeine. If you want to #Supercharge your performance with a 100mg caffeine hit look for "GEL+". The're also named "Caffeine Energy Gel".

Are your gels trusted by athletes and tested for banned substances?

Our gels have been developed using a world-class approach to quality and banned substance testing, providing assurance for athletes. For more information visit our Informed Sport Certified page here.

They are lightweight, compact and designed to fit in jersey pockets, cycle bags and waist packs. They are pressure tested, so don't worry about the packaging tearing or bursting during exercise.

Read more about our quality assurance here.

Will your energy gels hurt my stomach?

Here at Kendal Mint Co., we're really passionate about our energy gels. We've worked really hard to create gels that not only deliver a top-notch blend of nutrition and bucket loads of flavour, but that are also digestion-friendly.  Find out why some other energy gels can hurt your stomach here.

Are KMC Energy Gels easy to swallow?

Our gels are carefully designed for light and easy texture. No tough, thick and sticky mess - they're more like a drink!

What makes Kendal Mint Co Energy Gels different?

KMC NRG GEL's are Fast & Effective Energy Gels which provide instant but long-lasting energy, in a range of Powerful & Refreshing Flavours that are Kind on the stomach. Gluten Free & Vegan.

  1. The first way we've done this is through taste. Digestion begins in your mouth, and great taste is a key aspect of making a gel easy to digest.
  2. Alongside great taste, is great texture. Our products have some of the best consistency you'll find in an energy gel. 
  3. The final ace up our sleeve is our not-so-secret ingredient... Natural Mint! As you might have guessed, at Kendal Mint Co. we love Mint.

You can read more about it here.

Refillable Energy Gels - Once opened, how long do they last?

Our refillable gels should be stored in a cool dry place. Once opened they should be consumed within 30 days, longer if refrigerated.

What are Refillable Energy Gels?

Refillable Energy Gels remove the need for single-serve plastic gel sachets by combining bulk pouches of energy gel, with our unlimited re-use flask. This reduces packaging waste by over 60% and also provides an easier (less messy) way of taking energy gels.

Read more: Refillable Energy Gels - The Sustainable Solution to Endurance Sports Nutrition?

What does the term "KMC" mean?

The term KMC translates to "Kendal Mint Company" or "Kendal Mint Co" - A trademark of Kendal Mint Company LTD. It is often also used when referring to Kendal Mint Cake.

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