Peppermint Pig – a Delightful Christmas TraditionWritten by Lillian Tram on December 17th, 2013
Pigs are delicious as bacon or pork chops but have you ever thought they could also taste sweet and look like candy? They can with this tradition which uses sweet pigs made of Holiday candy! The Peppermint Pig is a popular Christmas tradition in which a pig made of peppermint candy is passed around the dinner table and all of the participants must use a hammer (imagine a small kitchen hammer such as a meat tenderizer, not the hammer your husband or dad carries in his toolbox) in order to break a piece from the candy pig, eat it and then pass the pig and the hammer over to the next person.
The pig represents good fortune, prosperity and good health. In the Victorian days, pigs were treated as good luck charms. And so they passed this belief to us who now celebrate this as a sweet Christmas tradition. The Peppermint Pig tradition is very old, beginning somewhere in 1880’s, in Saratoga Springs NY. It is a fun tradition that will bring joy and happiness to all of the participants to a dinner where these sweet and satisfying Peppermint Pigs are served. The Peppermint Pig is made of pink, solid candy, very similar to candy canes. It is delicious and can also bring lot of entertainment and conversation to the dinner table on Christmas evening.
You can buy a Peppermint Pig from many stores, but if you wish to make this tradition even more fun and interesting, try crafting a Holiday Peppermint Pig on your own. You will enjoy all the fun of this tradition from the manufacturing of the pig to the ‘beating and eating.’ In order to create a Peppermint Pig in your own kitchen, you should buy some candy canes and, of course, a pig shaped cookie cutter.
You will begin by smashing the candy canes – you will now discover the fun of smashing objects and this can help you on your mood boost! Then, you will put all of the smashed pieces inside the oiled cookie cutter lying on a cookie sheet over parchment paper and put it in the pre-heated oven to bake it. You will need to pay attention to it as it melts to get the desired color and texture from it – you wouldn’t want your Holiday pig to look more brownish than pink!
When it gets to the color you wish, pull it from the oven and allow it to cool completely before removing the handmade Peppermint Pig from the cookie cutter. You may decide to make more than one Peppermint Pig which will allow you to give some away as gifts. For gifts, you will put the piggy in a plastic, transparent bag and add a festive bow with a tag describing the Holiday tradition.
This sweet pig will add to the pleasure of everyone’s Holiday experience. Children will especially love this old tradition. Whether homemade or store bought, the Peppermint Pig can bring smiles and laughter to your Christmas dinner table. Your family will be highly entertained, elevating your moods even before you get to taste the delicious, sweet Peppermint porker!
I have a feeling that breaking the candy pig could be a real Holiday stress reliever… what do you think?