Peppermint Pig

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The pepermint pig is called Polka gris in Sweden, and is a Christmas tradition, and it is smashed too. There are tree decorations shaped like the polka gris, one can find small marzipan versions on the Christmas candy tray.

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Thanks for letting us know! We’ll check out the polka gris!

My aunt and uncle, who live in that area, used to send these to us. We appreciated the idea, as the piggies are super cute and most of us normally love peppermint candy, but we hated the taste of these piggies. I seem to remember they smelled bad too - too strong. My aunt and uncle meant well; pretty sure it turned out they’d never tried one of these themselves. I think I still have one of the hammers around my office.

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These are a ton of fun and definitely worth trying once! Be forewarned that flavor is more sugar than mint-- the real pleasure here is in cracking apart a candy pig with your loved ones. Shards and chunks go flying with every whack… definitely my favorite Christmas afternoon activity, post-eating, post-presents, pre-total exhaustion. A hint: if the pig is on a totally hard surface like a countertop it may slip. Too aoft (like if you set the pig on a towel) and it’ll never crack, just crumble annoyingly. The goldilocks? My best results were with a softwood breadboard. Also, the tiny hammer can get annoying if you have partaken of much rum-laced nog, so maybe have a full size hammer ready as a back up? But be careful, because they can really pulverize the pig into tiny crumbs which are tricky to eat but go well on ice cream.