This story about the candy cane goes back to the greatest story ever told: the reason for the season, the celebration of the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus!
A candy maker in Indiana sought to create a candy that would be a reminder of Jesus Christ, so he made the Christmas candy cane. The candy maker began with a stick of pure white hard candy. The white color signified the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus. The hard candy symbolized the solid rock which was the foundation of the church and also the steadfastness of the promises of God. Next, he created the candy in the form of a J that exemplified the name of Jesus and the staff of the Good Shepherds. He then stained it with three stripes which showed the scourging Jesus received and represented the blood shed by Christ on the cross. Also, he made it so when you break the cane; it would be reminiscent of us that Jesus’ body was broken for us.
The most popular flavor of the candy cane is Peppermint. Plus, the peppermint candy cane is about as Christmas as it gets! This forever classic peppermint flavor of the candy cane has been around for 600 years, but initially, candy canes were straight sticks just like the walking cane.
They were sold out of local candy shops and made by hand. In the 1950’s, a Catholic priest named Gregory Keller invented the machine that could easily make the candy canes with the curve automatically. Candy canes were first introduced to America in 1847 by a German-Swedish immigrant named August Imgard. He is also known for introducing the Christmas tree in Ohio.
Every year about 1.76 billion candy canes are made. With 90% of candy canes being sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In December, candy canes are the number one selling non-chocolate candy. The most prominent single week for candy cane sales is the second week in December. Most people use candy canes to decorate their Christmas trees, bring to parties, and pack as snacks. Each candy cane has only about 55 calories and no fat! What a healthier and excellent holiday treat!
National Candy Cane day on December 26! So, don’t go eating them all on Christmas Day! Do you have any special Christmas memories or traditions with candy canes?