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Peppermint; fresh, warm, green and vibrant – hygge

It is thought the Christmas Candy Cane originated in northern Germany over 300 years ago quickly spreading to the Nordic countries.

A story says that a choirmaster, in 1670, was worried about the children sitting quietly all through the long Christmas nativity service, so he gave them something to eat to keep them quiet! We don’t know how true this is but it’s a great story!  Sometime around 1900 the red stripes were added and they were flavoured with peppermint or wintergreen.  We guess the red and white stripes add to the popular Christmas colours and those of Santa, and are another example of how families in the Nordics enhance “Hygge” in their homes during the dark and cold winter months… and keep the kids quiet for a time as well!

Peppermint is one of the oldest of the mint flavours in confectionery and having a high menthol content can be used in many other applications from drinks to toothpastes.  The Einar Willumsen flavourists’ have developed peppermint flavours for customers around the World that give fresh, warm, green and vibrant characteristics to many applications enjoyed by consumers not just at Christmas time but everyday.

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