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Kendal Mint Cake

Kendal Mint Cake & Fuel Exhausts - A Sweet Combo!

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Kendal Mint Cake

On 29th May 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay sat down and ate a bar of Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake. They’d just become the first people ever to set foot on the summit of Mount Everest, so they probably deserved a quick rest and a high energy snack.

When you’re having a big day out on your bike, it might not be quite on the same scale as conquering the world’s highest mountain peak, but there’s still a lot to be said for having a delicious chocolate coated energy-boosting snack in your pocket.

That’s one reason why we pack a bar of Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake with every aftermarket motorcycle exhaust that we ship.

British, independent, and family run.

The other reason is that George Romney Ltd, just like Fuel Exhausts, are an independent family-run business based right here in Kendal, in the north of England.

To be fair, Romney’s have been making Mint Cake here in Kendal for slightly longer than we’ve been making our British made, hand built, aftermarket motorcycle exhausts. They’ve been at it since way back in 1918 in fact, when the business was started up by Mr Sam T Clarke after he was medically discharged from the forces during the First World War.

So why isn’t it called ‘Clarkes’ Kendal Mint Cake then? Well old Sam decided to name his company after the famous eighteenth century portrait painter George Romney, who lived most of his life in Kendal. Oh, and Sam also happened to live on Romney Road at the time.

The business is still in the same family, with Sam’s great grandson John Barron now running the firm. These days they’re a team of twenty people, producing a whopping 100 tonnes of Kendal Mint Cake every year, along with a wide range of fudge, gift hampers, and their own special Old Fashioned Treacle Toffee.

What’s in it?

So what actually is it anyway? Well, it’s pretty simple to be honest. There are just 4 ingredients in Kendal Mint Cake – sugar, glucose, peppermint oil, and water. Plus, in the case of some of the bars which Fuel Exhausts send to our customers, a milk chocolate coating of course. Sweet, minty, and delicious. It’s obvious why it provides such a quick and effective energy boost too!

The company remains solely based in Kendal to this day, now in a factory on the Mintsfeet Industrial Estate just a stone’s throw from the Fuel Exhausts workshop. The estate is named after the River Mint which runs past it, by the way, and the ‘mint’ connection is purely coincidental.

Two proudly British manufacturing companies, dedicated to giving our customers only the very best. What’s not to like about that?

If you fancy sampling some of George Romney's mint cake and sweet treats, go check them out here and get your sugar fix!