It is now over eighty years since James Wilson first started his world famous mintcake at the New York Inn premises in Kendal, where originally other confectionery such as Kendal Butter Tabs and Westmeria Caramel Toffee were made.
Kendal Mint Cake became so popular it was soon decided to concentrate on this product alone. By 1915 it became necessary for WIlson's to move to larger premises in Stricklandgate, where it was also possible to open a sweet shop and small factory.
The factory and shop were completely rebuilt in 1938 and a restaurant opened. Kendal Mint Cake became increasingly popular with tourists in the Lake District as well as climbers and explorers who found that, with its high energy value, Mint cake gave them a delicious and refreshing energy boost.
In 1966 yet another extension and factory were built but due to further demand by 1983 it finally became necessary to move completely to a new 12,000 sq ft factory at Cross Lane, Kendal.
This enabled us to greatly increase our range and move into gift confectionery and gift foods, where we believe we offer one of the most comprehensive variety matched equally by quality of product, packaging and service. Exclusive licensed products such as Beatrix Potter range have established a successful UK and export market. We have exhibited at several international showcases including Germany and the United States which has seen our products exported all over the world and made exporting a fundamental part of our business. See our other website www.funchocs.com
Kendal Mint Cake is still made in exactly the same way as it was nearly 100 years ago, stirring the sugar by hand in copper pans to get that magic taste.