The Story of the Candy Cane

I think its sad that I’ve been alive for 21 years now and this is the first I’ve heard of this! Actually within this past month I’ve learned how little I and the people around me actually know about the traditions of Christmas.

What does that say about our education or better yet our curiosity?
We’ve been celebrating this our whole lives and know very little.
Surely if your reading this you at least know the truth behind the holiday. That it was originally a pagan ritual and all that and we adopted it as our own and changed it up a bit. Then changed it up some more with the whole Santa feel and well you see where it is today. Anyways, if you don’t,
RESEARCH IT!

It’s very important to know why you are doing something and then to decide if it’s still worth doing.

Anyways that wasn’t my plan for this blog. I will blog later on these things along with our other traditions.
But for now, here’s the candy cane story…….

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of GOD.

The candy-maker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It also represents the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which he reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy=maker stained it with red stripes. He used the three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Jesus on the Cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life, if only we put our faith and trust in HIM.

I like this story, but as I researched it doesn’t hold up to fact. Either way I will look at the candy cane in that way for now on.

Here is just a bit of what I did find. If you wish to know more, please research it yourself. There’s a lot of data out there.

The origin of the candy cane goes back over 350 years, when candy-makers both professional and amateur were making hard sugar sticks. The original was straight and completely white. Now I think when I was looking through all the sites I may have found where it goes further back and was a bit different.
Here goes…

The first historical reference to the familiar cane shape goes back to 1670, when the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, bent the sugar-sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff. The all-white candy canes were given out to children during the long-winded nativity services.

The first historical reference to the candy cane being in America goes back to 1847, when a German immigrant called August Imgard decorated the Christmas tree in his Wooster, Ohio home with candy canes.

About fifty years later the first red-and-white striped candy canes appeared. No one knows who exactly invented the stripes, but Christmas cards prior to the year 1900 showed only all-white candy canes. Christmas cards after 1900 showed illustrations of striped candy canes. Around the same time, candy-makers added peppermint and wintergreen flavors to their candy canes and those flavors then became the traditional favorites.

(I don’t know what’s up with the red lines)

There was another reference to Jesus I found and it said the red and white stripes represented Christ’s blood and purity. The three red stripes symbolized The Holy Trinity. The hardness of the candy represented the Church’s foundation on solid rock and the peppermint flavor represented the use of hyssop, a herb refered to in the Old Testament and hyssop was used for purification and sacrafice and this is said to symbolize the purity of Jesus and the sacrafice he made.

There’s plenty more information out there and as I’m researching I’m finding that a lot of it originates with Germany. You will know more as I learn more!
If your interested.

OH! And did I mention the snow on Word Press’s home page is AWESOME!!!! :D

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One thought on “The Story of the Candy Cane

  1. I love that story of the candy cane. I didn’t hear of it until about 5 years ago. Good job on the research, this is an awesome post, just like the snow on wp..lol..
    Be blessed and be a blessing,
    WATW

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