The Peppermint Pig


The three little peppermint pigs.

Done with your holiday shopping yet? Yeah, didn't think so. In our ongoing effort to be helpful (live elves), we've been keeping an eye out for gifts that are fun, interesting and local. We'll bring you one a day. And as always, if you've got any thoughts or suggestions, tell everyone about it.

On the first day of the AOA holiday gift guide we give you peppermint porcine goodness.


The Peppermint Pig.

It's not bacon candy -- but it's almost as much fun. Candy pigs may seem kind of random, but they were a traditional holiday gift in Saratoga Springs generations ago. About 20 years ago Mike Fitzgerald at Saratoga Sweets brought them back. Now they're in catalogs and on the internet. They've even marched in the Macy's parade. But they're made right here in the Capital Region. Here's how the tradition works:

After Christmas dinner each person at the table shares a happy memory from the previous year, or something they're looking forward to in the coming year. Then they take a whack at the pig with a tiny hammer. Don't worry, it won't feel a thing. Once the pig is all busted, you eat it. And yes, it's good.

Who is it for?

Come on-- who wouldn't love a cute little candy pig. But if you're bringing it to out of towners, be sure to fill them in on the story. We know of one little piggy who landed in the bathroom in January when he was mistaken for soap.

Where you can get it?

Your best bet is Saratoga Sweets in Halfmoon. You can also find them in Crafters Gallery and other Saratoga Gift Shops. Here's a tip: don't wait until the last minute with these. Saratoga Sweets is the only place that makes them, and they can be tough to find on December 24th.

How Much?

Clarence- One pound of peppermint pig- $13.95

Noelle- 8 oz - $9.95

Noelle w/ pouch and hammer 13.95

Holly- This little piggy is 4 oz and sells for $4.25. He has a loop and can be hung as a tree ornament until Christmas day.

Also Try:
Once you've got your pig, it may be hard to resist picking up a bag of pig poop or a pig puddle. Yes, it's just the leftovers from the peppermint pig. And yes, if you look at it in a certain light, there's something kind of gross about it. But admit it, your inner 5th grader is laughing right now. And if you can bring yourself to eat it, it tastes just the same.


I love your mini history lessons, AoA.

I saw some at Pearl Grant Richman's in Stuyvesant Plaza earlier this week.

In my German family we received pink marzipan pigs in our Christmas stockings. They were considered lucky. My family bought them at the Elk's Candy Company in the (once-upon-a-time) German section of NYC, 86th St.

So glad to know I'm not the only one to have an inner fifth grader.

I love the peppermint pig puddles

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