Candy Canes

The meaning behind them...

Legend has it...

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 shepherd's crook, to remind them of the Shepard's that visited baby Jesus for the first time on Christmas.

http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/colors-of-christmas.shtm

A symbol...?

Many say it is a symbol of Jesus and/or a Shepard's staff.

Some say it used to be if you had a candy cane it was used as a secret symbol of religion, to show that you were a christian and a follower of Jesus.-This idea also refers back to the candy cane looking like a shepherds staff or a "J" for Jesus.

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/candycane.asp

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True story...

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 candy was straight and completely white in color.

http://inventors.about.com/od/foodrelatedinventions/a/candy_canes.htm

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Today

The classic flavors of peppermint and wintergreen have transformed into ridiculously wild flavors. And they definitely don't taste in any way close to what we look for as the flavors of Christmas or winter. Some weird candy cane flavors include of, sriracha, bacon, wasabi, pickle, birthday cake, and gravy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-daily-meal/5-outrageous-candy-cane-flavors_b_4372771.html