National Chocolate Mint Day February 19 Andes Candies was founded in Chicago in 1921 by Andrew Kanelos. In 1950 the company added the creme de menthol candy piece. This three layer mint is the number one after dinner mint today. Who doesn’t love these wonderful little candies. That is the best part of leaving a restaurant is grabbing a handful of mints. Did you know that chocolate mint is also an herb? All of the leaves are edible too. If you are thinking about planting this herb beware that it does spread.