‘We sat on the snow and looked at the country far below us … we nibbled Kendal Mint Cake.’ The famous quotation on the Romney’s bar linking Edmund Hillary’s successful ascent of Everest with eating a toe curling mixture of sugar, glucose and peppermint oil must be one of the most famous and successful celebrity endorsements of all time. We always have a bar or two in a rucksack when we are walking – only when we are walking. It is too sweet to be eating sitting down. However it is very useful when junior members of the tribe are flagging and a pick-me-up is needed. This may also include the who-can-keep-a-piece-in-their-mouth-the-longest competition for added distracting interest.
The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry has just opened an exhibition all about this famous local delicacy: Kendal Mint Cake: On Top of the World running from 19 July right through until 21 December. On 31 August, the Museum is holding Mint Cake Eating contest and an auction of the world’s biggest bar of Kendal Mint Cake which will be broken up and sold in aid of MacMillan Cancer. Further details of the exhibition and how to enter the competition can be found following this link.