Stricklandgate House

The centre for voluntary organisations in South Lakeland

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Joseph Wiper the inventor of Mint Cake

Sugar from the West Indies was one of the many goods - tobacco and rum among them - that had been carried to Kendal by pack-horses for centuries, from the west coast ports of Whitehaven and Maryport.

Thompsons were famous for their Kendal Butter Toffee, Black Bull's Eyes and Butter Tablet.

Young Joseph Wiper was hard-working and inventive, and it is claimed that he first produced Mint Cake after a sugar-boiling that 'went wrong'.

[Image: Joseph Wiper]
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