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Peppermint pigs a smashing tradition in NY

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Mike Fitzgerald poses with Willie the Pig, the store mascot, in the parking lot of his Saratoga Sweets store in Halfmoon, N.Y. A holiday tradition in the upstate New York resort town of Saratoga Springs has a peppermint twist: pig-shaped hard candies are sold with little metal hammers to be smashed at Christmas. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Mike Fitzgerald poses with Willie the Pig, the store mascot, in the parking lot of his Saratoga Sweets store in Halfmoon, N.Y. A holiday tradition in the upstate New York resort town of Saratoga Springs has a peppermint twist: pig-shaped hard candies are sold with little metal hammers to be smashed at Christmas. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Blaine Serven heats peppermint mixture in teapots that will be used to make peppermint pigs at Saratoga Sweets in Halfmoon, N.Y. A holiday tradition in upstate New York has a peppermint twist: pig-shaped hard candies are sold with little metal hammers to be smashed at Christmas. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Mike Fitzgerald pours hot peppermint mixture into a mold while making peppermint pigs at his Saratoga Sweets store in Halfmoon, N.Y. A holiday tradition in upstate New York has a peppermint twist: pig-shaped hard candies are sold with little metal hammers to be smashed at Christmas. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Mike Fitzgerald pours hot peppermint mixture into a mold while making peppermint pigs at his Saratoga Sweets store in Halfmoon, N.Y. A holiday tradition in upstate New York has a peppermint twist: pig-shaped hard candies are sold with little metal hammers to be smashed at Christmas. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Mike Fitzgerald removes peppermint pigs from a mold at his Saratoga Sweets store in Halfmoon, N.Y. A holiday tradition in upstate New York has a peppermint twist: pig-shaped hard candies are sold with little metal hammers to be smashed at Christmas. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)