Editor's note: Today, we're starting a new feature in the The Forum's Life section. "The Monday Mark" will offer a look ahead at the week in weird holidays. We'll examine one or two holidays in depth and give you a rundown of the other holidays of the week. Mark your calendars, and celebrate accordingly.
Monday, Feb. 11: National Peppermint Patty Day
According to National Day Calendar, the oldest commercially made mint cakes or patties were made by a family on the Isle of Man in the North Irish Sea. The Quiggins family had made them since 1840, but the Quiggins' sons created the Kendal Mint Cake Co. in 1880.
Peppermint patties were being made in the United States by 1900. Two of the manufacturers, Trudeau's Candies and Pearson's, were based in Minnesota. However, Pennsylvania can boast about the most popular peppermint patties when the York Cone Co. began making them in 1940.
In the coming decades, York's patties would come to dominate the peppermint patty market with a candy that was more firm and crisp than its competitors. A former employee said the York patties needed to pass "the snap test," snapping cleanly in half or they wouldn't make it to candy shelves.
Here are the other holidays to celebrate this week:
- Tuesday, Feb. 12: Plum Pudding Day
- Wednesday, Feb. 13: Tortellini Day
- Thursday, Feb 14: Valentine's Day and Ferris Wheel Day
- Friday, Feb. 15: Singles Awareness Day
- Saturday, Feb. 16: Do a Grouch a Favor Day
- Sunday, Feb. 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day