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  • Originally called Acme Clear Mint Fingers, their name was changed to Fox’s Glacier Mints in 1919
  • The iconic Peppy the polar bear logo was first used in 1922
  • In 2003, one of the original stuffed Peppys was found in an old factory storeroom and donated to Leicester Museum.

Making a Mint 

Leicester grocer Walter Richard Fox founded Fox’s Confectionery in 1880. By 1897 the firm produced over one hundred different lines in its factory at 40 York Road, next to the Three Cups Pub. Walter’s son Eric joined the company in 1914, just before it moved to new premises at 46 Oxford Road. Eric married Eva Icke in 1915. It’s said that the first batch of Fox’s mints were made in the kitchen of their home in Aylestone Road in 1918. Evidence suggests that Eric bought the unique recipe from the widow of Arthur Wilford, a Leicester market trader who sold sweets. Originally called Acme Clear Mint Fingers, their name was changed to Fox’s Glacier Mints in 1919 because Eva thought this was better for sweets which looked like “little glaciers”. This new name was also easier to advertise. 

Advert for Fox’s Glacier Mints

Peppy the Polar Bear 

About 1921, Eric Fox held a staff competition to create a logo. The winning idea of a polar bear standing on a mint was first drawn by Leicester artist Clarence Reginald Dalby, who later illustrated the early Thomas the Tank Engine books. Christened Peppy, for peppermint, this iconic logo was first used in 1922. The company also started using a number of stuffed polar bears for advertising, taking various Peppys to public events like football matches and festivals. This stopped in 1969 when Fox’s was taken over by Rowntree’s, who thought that using real stuffed animals was no longer appropriate. Instead a cartoon polar bear and fox were created for TV.  

Peppy the Polar Bear previously displayed at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

Sweet Memories 

In 2003, one of the original stuffed Peppy's was found in an old factory storeroom. This Peppy was donated to Leicester Museums & Galleries, where it is kept today. Although the Leicester factory closed in 2019, many local people still remember the smell of mints on Oxford Street.


Roman Leicester

(47- 500) A military fort was erected, attracting traders and a growing civilian community to Leicester (known as Ratae Corieltauvorum to the Romans). The town steadily grew throughout the reign of the Romans.

Tudor & Stuart Leicester

(1500 – 1700) The wool trade flourished in Leicester with one local, a former mayor named William Wigston, making his fortune. During the English Civil War a bloody battle was fought as the forces of King Charles I laid siege to the town.

Georgian Leicester

(1700 – 1837) The knitting industry had really stared to take hold and Leicester was fast becoming the main centre of hosiery manufacture in Britain. This new prosperity was reflected throughout the town with broader, paved streets lined with elegant brick buildings and genteel residences.

Victorian Leicester

(1837 – 1901) The industrial revolution had a huge effect on Leicester resulting in the population growing from 40,000 to 212,000 during this period. Many of Leicester's most iconic buildings were erected during this time as wealthy Victorians made their mark on the town.

Edwardian Leicester

(1901 – 1910) Electric trams came to the streets of Leicester and increased literacy among the citizens led to many becoming politicised. The famous 1905 ‘March of the Unemployed to London’ left from Leicester market when 30,000 people came to witness the historic event.

Modern Leicester

(1973 – present day) Industry was still thriving in the city during the 1970s, with the work opportunities attracting many immigrants from all over the world. While industry has declined in recent years, excellent transport links have made Leicester an attractive centre for many businesses. The City now has much to be proud of including its sporting achievements and the richness of its cultural heritage and diversity.

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