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The Peppermint Pig and Marzipan Pig…Holiday Traditions!

The Peppermint Pig and Marzipan Pig…Holiday Traditions!

 

The Peppermint Pig has its roots in Victorian holiday tradition, for which pigs were symbolic of good health, happiness, and prosperity.  Peppermint Pigs were made as a tasty treat to bring good luck for the new year. The tradition is to smash the pig, pass around the plate, eat a piece for good luck and share a story about a happy experience during the past year. Saratoga Sweets specializes in making Peppermint Pigs, which are sent with a nickel-plated hammer. Over 120,000 Peppermint Pigs were sold last year. They have been featured on the Food Network, the Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, CNN, CNBC, CBS News and countless magazines and newspapers across the country.

 

The Marzipan Pig is a custom to wish for a happy and prosperous new year that is celebrated in Germany, Norway, and Denmark. Marzipan is a mixture of almonds and sugar that can be sculpted into shapes like pigs.  In Germany, Marzipan Pigs are given as gifts or stocking stuffers between Christmas and New Year’s Day to bestow happiness and good fortune to friends and family.  In Norway and Denmark, one tradition involves sharing a rice pudding or porridge with a whole almond baked inside. The person who finds the almond in their dish receives a prize, usually a lucky Marzipan Pig.  Edible pigs to celebrate the new year are also made from chocolate, peppermint, and cake as well.

 

Pigs have been a symbol of health, happiness, and good fortune in both these traditions for over a hundred years.  Perhaps if you get a chance, try a Peppermint or Marzipan Pig with a friends and share the happy moments of the past year and wish for a joyous new year for all.
6 Comments
  • Ryan
    Posted at 03:48h, 28 December Reply

    Why didn’t we have one of these tonight? I wanna smash it! 🙂

    • Lillian Tram
      Posted at 12:08h, 03 November Reply

      Next time….

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  • David
    Posted at 18:10h, 28 December Reply

    When are we getting a group together to break open a delicious Peppermint Pig? Ready for my breath to be fresh & better luck to everyone health lol!!

  • Huy
    Posted at 19:42h, 31 December Reply

    Sounds fun. Fresh breath and the chance to share good stories about the past year? That’s enough reason for me to get a Peppermint Pig!

    • Lillian Tram
      Posted at 12:08h, 03 November Reply

      Make sure to get one this year. The holiday season is around the corner.

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