The pig is considered a good luck symbol in Germany. In the early 1800’s, a German candy maker in Saratoga, New York, molded his peppermint candy in the shape of a pig. It became very popular in that community to buy a peppermint pig for Christmas. At the end of Christmas Dinner, the head of the household would put the peppermint pig in a pouch and smash it and everyone around the table would share a piece of the sweet peppermint candy for health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year. Eventually the German candy maker retired and the sweet peppermint pigs were just a memory in the minds of the oldest people in Saratoga. About twenty years ago, the Historical Society in Saratoga asked a modern candy maker to revive the tradition. Now we have Peppermint Pigs again and we certainly need Health, Happiness and Prosperity in the New Year this year!
This size Peppermint Pig weighs 8 ounces and makes 16 servings. A red pouch and a little paper are included for the ceremony. The story of the Peppermint Pig comes in each box. This could become your family’s Christmas tradition and Peppermint Pigs also make good gifts for friends.