The Peppermint Pattie Activity:
"Hold up a York Peppermint Pattie.
Ask: How does a peppermint pattie smell? How does the smell make you anticipate the taste?
Say: I can’t really smell the pattie because it’s wrapped in foil.
Slowly unwrap the pattie and let several students smell it. Continue to comment on the good smell as you remove the wrapper completely and hand it to a student. Let students pass around the pattie as they smell it. Be sure everyone holds and smells the pattie. Prior to the lesson, recruit one student who will pretend to sneeze on the pattie as it is being passed around. Once it is returned to you, offer it to another student to eat. Offer it to others if the first one refuses. (No one will want to eat it).
Ask: Why is this pattie no longer appealing?
Say: No one wants food that has been passed around, and neither would you want your future husband or wife to have been passed around.
Ask: What is it called when you choose to save yourself for marriage? (Abstinence).
Ask: Is there any way to make the food usable again? (Put it back in the wrapper, refrigerate it, and the bacteria will die. [NOTE: This is biologically inaccurate]. It will be almost like new.) Say that this is similar to renewed virginity, when a person who has been sexually active decides to be abstinent until marriage. Say: It’s one thing to be curious. It’s another to act on that curiosity when it is unhealthy for you, misuses another person, and may end in irreversible consequences." (Choosing the Best Path, Leader Guide, Third Edition, p. 25).