Peppermint Pig Set

by Erin

Peppermint Pig SetI’m a sucker for anything with Victorian roots during the holidays. Which is probably why I try to read A Christmas Carol every year — or at least watch a version, even if it is just the Muppet one. Everyone knows about Christmas Crackers and Wassail but have you ever heard of the Peppermint Pig?

According to legend, this tradition began in Saratoga Springs back in the early 1880s. A pig, revered as a symbol of good health, happiness, and prosperity was made from hard peppermint candy. After a holiday supper it was broken in a cloth bag and the pieces were shared by all in the hopes of good fortune for the coming year.

Doesn’t this sound like an adorable addition to your family’s holiday? I think this pink pig will definitely have to make an appearance at my home this year. We can use all the good luck we can get!

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1 Nate December 1, 2009 at 12:17 am


I just featured your list on our Big Guide to Foodie Gift Guides. Come check it out! If you like it, please share it with your social network (Foodbuzz, Facebook, Twitter, etc).

Aloha, Nate
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2 Dani December 1, 2009 at 2:20 am

I love the peppermint pig! We started having English “crackers” every Christmas and I think the pig would add much fun. Thanks for the link to the Vermont Country Store. (The House of Annie Big Guide list is great. I love that Nate said Yummery is a shopoholic food fantasy.)


3 Erin December 1, 2009 at 9:48 am

Nate – Thank you so much for linking to Yummery Nate! It is much appreciated.

Dani – “Shopaholic Foodie Fantasy” is actually my tag line for Yummery 😉
PS: I adore Christmas crackers! We’ve also used these in the past for Christmas. I love running around with a goofy paper crown on my head.


4 Dani December 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Oops! As often as I’m on this site, I can’t believe I didn’t remember your tag line. Especially since it’s RIGHT THERE at the top of the page! My bad.


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