Candy Cane: A History

Posted on by Jack Johnson

The original candy cane was made 350 years ago. Now, candy canes symbolize the Christmas holiday season and are even used to decorate the Christmas Trees. Initially the candy canes were not made in the shapes of canes rather they were straight, white in color and flavored with sugar only.

Story has it that in 1670, the cane shaped candy became historical when a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany bent the sugar-sticks into canes to appear as shepherd's hooks. The children who attended the ceremonies were given white candy canes. Later, this became a popular tradition and eventually it became a traditional practice at the American and European Church gatherings. 

A lot of people seem to believe that the shape of candy cane has a religious meaning. It is believed that the red colored stripes on the candy cane represents the blood of Jesus and white stripes are representatives of the purity of Jesus. The three rather fine stripes are believed to represent the Holy Trinity. While the shape of the letter “j” is considered to represent the name of Jesus. The solid texture symbolizes the rock-solid foundation of a church and the peppermint flavor is believed to stem from the herb called hyssop. 

Anyways, the candy cane is now a traditional symbol of the Christmas holiday. Candy canes are available in different shapes, colors and flavors, but the red and white peppermint candy cane still remains the classic favorite among candy canes.

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