Candy Canes Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with the Candy Canes. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning
and origin of Candy Canes? This
article provides facts and information about the history of Candy
Canes as a familiar symbol, tradition and Christmas custom.
The Christmas Custom, Origin and History of Candy Canes
Some origins date back to the pagan
traditions and customs of the ancients. Other symbols, customs and
traditions have specific religious significance to the Christian
religion and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. And finally there are
many new, non-religious customs which have emerged due to increased prosperity and the
commercialism of the festival in the modern world.
What are Candy Canes?
Candy canes are a
hard candy stick shaped as a cane. Candy Canes are traditionally
white with red stripes and usually flavored with peppermint or
cinnamon. Candy Canes are extremely popular in the US but hardly
known as a Christmas icon in the UK. Candy canes are enjoyed by
children and are sometimes used as Christmas tree ornaments, their
shape making them easy to hang on the tree. Ingredients
used in the US for making Candy Canes originally included corn syrup,
sugar, peppermint flavoring and starch.
The Meaning of
Candy canes are shaped in a form similar to the letter
'J' which some say are in reference to the name of Jesus. Others
believe the origin was to provide a replica of shepherd's crooks,
the shepherds formed part of the Nativity story in the Bible.
The Origin of Candy Canes
Candy Canes originated in Germany and
were introduced by a Cologne cathedral choirmaster
in the 1670's. In 1859 Amalia Eriksson, Granna, Sweden, devised the
manufacture of alternating red (peppermint) and white striped rock
candy in 1859. Candy canes became popular in the
United States in the 1920s when Bob McCormack of Albany, Georgia
produced them in large numbers.
Candy Canes Christmas is
celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of
2275 million people,
but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural
festival. A Christmas custom or tradition is symbolized by a familiar symbol or icon, such as the Candy Canes, have come to represent the spirit
and meaning of this special time of the year.
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