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Fun Fact Monday December 23, 2019

23 December 2019


The original candy cane was made 350 years ago. The first candy cane was not made in the shape of a cane. It was white, completely straight and only flavored with sugar.  Legend 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 first documented example of the use of candy canes to celebrate Christmas occurred in 1847, when August Imgard, a German-Swedish immigrant, from Wooster, Ohio decorated the Christmas tree with paper ornaments and candy canes.  The first red and white striped candy canes were made at the turn of the 19th century. At the same time the first striped candy canes appeared, and candy makers added the peppermint flavor which quickly became a traditional flavor.  Many people believe that the shape and form of the candy cane have religious meaning; the red stripes represent the blood of Christ and the white stripes represent the purity of Christ. The ”j” shape of the candy cane is said to represent the name of Jesus or a shepherd’s crook. Either way, the candy cane is now a traditional symbol of the Christmas holiday. Today, 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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