Quiggins Original Kendal Mint Cake
One of the things that set countries and, in some cases, counties apart from one another is the variety of traditional foods. Whether it be Devon Cream Teas, Cornish Pasties, or Kendal Mint Cake, for any tourist, part of the holiday experience is tasting the delicacies of specialities of an area.
Quiggin’s Mint Cake
Kendal Mint Cake is a specialist type of confectionary, which takes its name from the city in which it is made, Kendal in Cumbria, United Kingdom. It was originally manufactured by Quiggins, one of the iconic lake district companies. Quiggin’s Mint Cake is a glucose-based product flavoured with peppermint, but don’t expect to bite into a light and fluffy cake, as the cake terminology is a bit of a misnomer.
The texture of Kendal Mint Cake is much more solid and sugary than traditional cakes. Mint Cake is very popular with tourists and mountain walkers in the English Lake District – think of it as the original energy bar. Mint Cake has been enjoyed and utilised throughout history; Sir Edmund Hillary took some bars with him in 1953 when he climbed up Everest, and Sir Ernest Shackleton on his Antarctic expedition of 1914-17.
How Is Kendal Mint Cake Manufactured?
As you might expect, the exact recipe and ingredients of Kendal Mint Cake remain a closely guarded secret; however, the main ingredients include sugar, glucose, water and peppermint oil.
The manufacturing and preparation process involves mixing the sugar, glucose and peppermint oil with some water, with the concoction being boiled in a copper pan. The key to getting the perfect colour and consistency is to ensure that the mixture is stirred continuously. If the stirring is not executed perfectly, then the gorgeous white colour that people associate with mint cake will not materialise, and the bar will end up clear. Once the stirring process is complete, the mixture is poured into moulds and left to set.
Where Can I Buy Quiggin’s Kendal Mint Cake?
If you live in or around the Lake District, then it is easy to buy some Kendal mint cake, but the vast majority of people do not live there, so how can you get hold of your delicious traditional mint cake. It is possible to purchase mint cake from Amazon, although this is not necessarily the cheapest option.
Alternatively, why not buy direct from the manufacturer. Here at Quiggin’s, we ship our delicious products all across the world. Regardless of where you live, if you love the unique taste and texture of Quiggin’s Mint Cake (and who doesn’t), then thanks to the magic of the internet, your order is only one click away.
Of course, our Mint Cake is the product for which we are most famous; we also sell a range of other equally delicious products, all of which are available in our online store. Why not try a few of our other treats, such as our chocolate-covered marzipan bars or our traditional crumble fudge bars.
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