Every year, as we sleep off post-Thanksgiving food comas and watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation for the first of twenty seven times, the holiday season really gets going. Starbucks breaks out the red cups, and everything starts coming up peppermint. Sure, you can have delicious peppermint things all year long, but it just tastes better between Thanksgiving and Christmas. What kinds of great peppermint treats, foods, and novelties are available? Don't know where to being on your hunt for the best peppermint items? Fear not. This list of peppermint things will set you on the right peppermint path.
Mentha x piperita, aka peppermint, is a hybrid mint, a cross of watermint and spearmint. Isn't that cool?! Sometimes found in the wild, the plant was once indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, but is now widespread thanks to cultivation and the magic of agriculture. When was peppermint first used? Well, renowned botanist Carl Linnaeus (he's like, a huge deal and basically created taxonomy. What have you done today?) first described peppermint in 1753, but probably had no idea that a few centuries later it would be mixed into seasonal Oreos and overpriced coffee drinks. Peppermint is also handy in the world of essential oils and aromatherapy, but you're probably most interested in peppermint Drumsticks, right? Right.This list of peppermint things isn't just about food, though. Classic Peanuts character Peppermint Patty is an essential part of any peppermint list. And so is the storied Peppermint Pig. You've never heard of the Peppermint Pig? Read up. Then, vote for your favorite peppermint treats below for maximum enjoyment of the holiday season.