A peppermint pig is part of a Christmas – New Year’s tradition that started in Saratoga Springs, New York, in the 1880s. It’s part of the holidays now in many places and the peppermint candy pigs and the nickel-plated hammers needed to break the pigs are now available in giftware catalogs and online. The tradition says that if you eat a piece of candy, you will have good luck in the New Year. The candy pigs were unavailable during WWII because of sugar rationing, but in 1988, Saratoga Sweets, a local candy store, made about 70 pink pigs in the original molds They were sold out by Christmas Eve. They now sell thousands each year, gift wrapped in a pink velvet bag with a nickle-plated hammer waiting to bring you good luck.