Fans of the classic holiday favorite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" have always seen Yukon Cornelius lick his pickax after tossing it in the air. It's one of my favorite parts of the classic show. He claims he's looking for silver and gold, but there was more behind the toss. Here's the deleted scene cut in 1964 that explains more. 

 

In "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" , when Yukon Cornelius licks his pickax, he's not looking for silver and gold. He's looking for PEPPERMINT. Who would have thought.

Television historian Rick Goldschmidt, who has become an expert on the production company behind "Rudolph" told The Huffington Post "The Peppermint Mine Scene" to be "the most significant deleted scene." It comes right after Rudolph guides Santa through the air to the Island of Misfit Toys. Rudolph's parents, Donner and Mrs. Donner, Rudolph's girlfriend, Clarice, and Cornelius are featured, while Donner says, "That's my buck!"

Here's the deleted scene that hasn't been shown on TV since 1964 where he finds it.

The scene has been included on home video releases.

I will never look at this classic the same way again.