History of the candy cane

I found this in a local Assisted Living Facility news letter and found it interesting enough to share ! ! !

The origin of the candy cane goes back over 350 years when candy-makers were making sugar sticks. The original candy was straight and completely white...

Around the seventeenth entury, European Christians began to use trees as part of their Christmas celebrations. They made special decorations for their trees from foods like cookies and sugar stick-candy. The first historical reference to the familiar cane shape goes back to 1670, when the choirmaster at the Cologne Catherdal in Germany, bent the sugar-sticks into canes to represent a shepard's staff. The all white candy canes were then given to the children during the long-winded nativity services.

The custom of handing out candy canes during Christmas services spread throughout Europe and later came to America. The first historical refernece being in America was back in 1847.

The stripes came about 50 years later and no one knows who invented the stripes, but Christmas cards prior to 1900 showed only white candy canes, and stripes came after the 1900's.

Sweet secrets of the candy cane depict it as a secret symbol for Christianity used during the times when Christians were living under more oppressive circumstances. It is said that the cane was shaped like a "J" for Jesus. The red-and-white stripes represented Christ's blood and purity. The three red stripes symbolized the Holy Trinity. The peppermint flavor represented the use of hyssop, an herb referred to in the Old Testament.

There is no historical evidence to support these claims, but they are lovely thoughts. G-Ma :O)

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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

J for Jesus or a sheperd's cane! I learnt something new, thank you!


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

your welcome...G-Ma :O)


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Thank You dear...tell me about the secret fish sign?? Please G-Ma :O)


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MM Del Rosario 8 years ago from NSW, Australia

I like reading about how things came about. . . as kenny said you learn everyday. well done g-ma.


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

The secret fish sign? Why do I get the sense that you know it, but like a good mum you want your children to shine forth?

Anyway, the ancient Christians met in secret in Rome and the rest of the empire, for fear of persecution.

The Greek word for fish Ichthus worked as an acronym for Jesus Christ God's Son is Saviour, in Greek, which I can't paste here. They used the fish symbol as a secret id among themselves.

More here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthys 


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

OMG you are something else ...where have you come from??? why did i meet you?? God has His ways to bring us together..on these Hubs..Praise be to the Lord and bless this world and pray for Peace...G-Ma :O)


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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

Like Einstein said, God does not play dice. His ways, though mysterious, are wise. I'm glad I met you, too, praise be to Him!


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

bless this mess the world is in...but we do find each other in many ways./THE HUBS...G-Ma:O)

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