Peppy (polar bear)

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Peppy (from peppermint)[1] is the polar bear mascot and icon of Fox's Glacier Mints, a brand of boiled mint manufactured by Fox's Confectionery in the United Kingdom. Peppy was introduced to confectionary packaging in 1922.[2] At around the same time, Fox's commissioned a taxidermist to shoot and stuff a real polar bear, which was put out on display at such public events as football matches and carnivals to advertise the Glacier Mints.[3][4][5] The exhibition was taken all over the country, and eventually incorporated as many as four other stuffed polar bears.[3][5] In the 1960s, after the advent of televised advertising and after Rowntrees acquired the company, the exhibition was deemed politically incorrect and was removed from public circulation.[4][5] Television commercials which featured Peppy were later produced.

In 2003, the original Peppy – measuring 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in) high and 2 m (6 ft 7 in) long,[5] and with an indeterminate gender[6] – was donated to the New Walk Museum in Leicester, the city in which Fox's Confectionery is based.[4] The stuffed bear had been lost in a company factory for approximately 20 years.[3] A brand manager said of the donation, "We found it in the back when we were clearing out and decided to donate it to a museum - the best place for it. We didn't want it in the reception because it's so gory we feared it could scare the customers when they visited."[5] After the acquisition, the museum commenced a restoration process which took six years to complete.[5] Peppy was displayed in a public exhibition at the museum from 24 January to 5 April 2009.[3][7]

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  1. ^ "Fox's Glacier Mints". Leicester City Council. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  2. ^ "The Fox's Glacier Family". Fox's Confectionary. Retrieved 2009-12-31. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Peppy The Polar Bear". Leicester City Council. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  4. ^ a b c "Museum restores polar bear to mint condition". The Times. 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Stuffed polar bear that promoted Fox's mints goes on display at museum". Telegraph.co.uk. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  6. ^ "Mystery over a polar bear's past". BBC News. 2009-03-16. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Exhibition tells the story of polar bears". Leicester City Council. Retrieved 2009-12-31.