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The History of the Candy Cane

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We’ve hung candy canes on our tree this year, and some of them are green; it got me thinking about the history of candy canes, and why red is more traditional. Now I know why…

Candle & Quill

The candy cane is something most of us (at least those in western Europe and the Americas) know and associate with Christmas; but do you know how it got started?

According to folklore and Wikipedia, in Cologne, Germany, 1670, the choir master at the cathedral commissioned a confectioner to make these candies to calm the children during the Christmas pageant service. The white represents the sinless life of Jesus; the original canes were pure white, and a recipe for straight canes with coloured stripes was published in 1844.  The red stripe has come to represent the blood of Jesus shed for us (his purpose in coming in the first place – Hebrews 2:14-18), in keeping with the symbolism of the white.  The crook is to remind us of the shepherds who visited Jesus in the manger.  Only as late as 1882 the candies began to be hung on Christmas trees…

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