Even though National Peppermint Patty Day on February 11th is technically intended to celebrate a confection that coats a sugary center with semi-sweet chocolate, around these parts the holiday takes on a far more Peanuts-y purpose. After all, who can resist the charming Patricia "Peppermint Patty" Reichardt? Besides Charlie Brown, anyway.
Just like the candy, Peppermint Patty is more than the sum of deliciously contrasting characteristics. She's a tenacious athlete, but an unfocused student. She's perfectly practical, yet hopelessly romantic. She's a good friend, but tends to take Marcie for granted. The flavor profile leaves nothing more to be desired. She's practically the dessert of the Peanuts gang!
In Peppermint Patty's honor, we've assembled her debut appearance and first full storyline, which ran in Peanuts from August 22 - September 7, 1966. Can you believe it's been more than 50 years since she first nicknamed Charlie Brown "Chuck"?
Happy Peppermint Patty Day!
You can also read these strips in color starting with this strip published on August 13, 2013!