Christmas Candy Canes

The Christmas Candy Cane originated in Germany about 250 years ago. They started as straight white sugar sticks.

A story says that a choirmaster, in 1670, was worried about the children sitting quietly all through the long Christmas nativity service. So he gave them something to eat to keep them quiet! As he wanted to remind them of Christmas, he made them into a 'J' shape like a shepherds crook, to remind them of the shepherds that visited the baby Jesus at the first Christmas. However, the earliest records of 'candy canes' comes from over 200 years later, so the story, although rather nice, probably isn't true!

Sometime around 1900 the red stripes were added and they were flavored with peppermint or wintergreen.

Sometimes other Christian meanings are giving to the parts of the canes. The 'J' can also mean Jesus. The white of the cane can represent the purity of Jesus Christ and the red stripes are for the blood he shed when he died on the cross. The peppermint flavor can represent the hyssop plant that was used for purifying in the Bible.

Around 1920, Bob McCormack, from Georgia, USA, started making canes for his friends and family. They became more and more popular and he started his own business called Bob's Candies. Bob McCormack's brother-in-law, Gregory Harding Keller, who was a Catholic priest, invented the Keller Machine that made turning straight candy sticks into curved candy canes automatic! In 2005, Bob's Candies was bought by Farley and Sathers but they still make candy canes!

3 thoughts on “Christmas Candy Canes

  1. Reply
    borvestinkral - September 18, 2017

    I carry on listening to the news update lecture about getting boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the top site to get one. Could you advise me please, where could i acquire some?

  2. Reply
    hit counter script - September 20, 2017

    I am extremely a new comer to the web and necessary to review this subject. Thought it absolutely was a great article perfectly written and helpful. I’ll definitely be time for your internet site to read more articles as i loved that one..

  3. Reply
    jobs script - September 21, 2017

    I precisely wanted to appreciate you all over again. I’m not certain the things that I would’ve followed without those information shared by you on that theme. It had been an absolute frightful crisis in my circumstances, but discovering a new skilled approach you managed that forced me to cry with joy. I am just thankful for this support and then believe you know what an amazing job you are always doing training many others all through your site. I know that you haven’t got to know any of us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.