November 29th, 2007
|10:38 am - Why?|
Why is Christmas associated with mint? I'm not complaining mind, I love mint.
Current Mood: curious
It's really just candy canes, isn't it?
Maybe, but it's Christmas time when the mint M&Ms come out, and that's been true for many years. Now Hershey's is pushing mint chocolates etc. etc. There's Peppermint Stick ice cream that seems to come out at Christmas time at Friendly's and again, had done for years.
no... Trader Joe's even has some peppermint-flavoured pseudo-Oreos out.
Trader Joe's also has peppermint flavored marshmallows. When I was there yesterday they were serving samples of hot chocolate beverage with the peppermint flavored marshmallows floating and melting in it. It was quite yummy.
i always thought it was green and red. not that i mind, i'm all about blue and white.
now, why dont they air Chanukah music on the radio? I thought Adam would have started a trend.
|Date:||November 29th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm not sure about mint as such, but wintergreen is a very similar flavour, and would be naturally associated with winter holidays because the plant is visible and obviously alive in winter when most other plants are dormant.
|Date:||November 29th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)|| |
Similarly, holly is associated with Christmas because it's green at Christamastime. Really, that's the only reason. Nothing to do with it being holy to the Druids. "The Holly and the Ivy" is definitely a Christian song, too. It's got Jesus in it.
|Date:||November 29th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)|| |
Google is your friend.
Candy cane. Candy canes are replicas of shepherd's crooks. It was children's candy originated by a Cologne cathedral choirmaster in the 1670's. It is ideal in form to hang on the branch of a Christmas tree. In 1859 Amalia Eriksson, Granna, Sweden, devised the manifacture of alternating red (peppermint) and white striped rock candy in 1859. According to Nancy Baggett (All-American Dessert Book, Houghton Mifflin 2005) candy canes became popular in the United States in the 1920s when Bob McCormack of Albany, Georgia produced them in large numbers. His ingrediants were corn syrup, sugar, peppermint flavoring and starch.
so since candy canes are minty, everything is minty.
Mint is cool and green. Christmas is cold and green and red.
Christmas trees have a pleasant aroma. Mint has a pleasant aroma.
Andre's Mints always seemed to pop up in my house around this time.