27 Dec 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.