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Legend has it that mint, and more specifically, peppermint, first became associated with the Christmas holiday in 1670.
According to our sources, and an exhaustive Google search, a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, handed the candy out to children at their living Nativity, to keep the kids occupied. The candy was shaped to look like a shepherd’s staff. The peppermint flavor probably wasn’t introduced for another 200 years. They became popular to hang on Christmas trees in the United States.