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Jesus Candy Cane Poem

Updated on December 9, 2014

Three Variations of the Jesus Candy Cane Poem

Candy canes are a favorite treat at Christmas, and many people consider them symbolic of the real "reason for the season" - the birth of Jesus Christ.

History doesn't support the idea that candy canes were created for this purpose, but the legend of candy cane has become quite popular. Poems and books have been written to explain how the candy cane became a symbol for Jesus.

Here are three variations of the Jesus candy cane poem, as well as other information about Christmas candy canes.

(Image of Jesus candy cane image provided by Zazzle)

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Jesus Candy Cane Poem

Look at the candy cane.

What do you see?

Stripes that are red

Like the blood shed for me.

White is for my Savior

Who's sinless and pure.

"J" is for Jesus, My Lord, that's for sure!

Turn it around

And a staff you will see.

Jesus, my shepherd,

Was born for me

J is for Jesus - A kids book about the candy cane legend

J Is for Jesus: The Sweetest Story Ever Told
J Is for Jesus: The Sweetest Story Ever Told

The candy maker has come up with a new candy that not only tastes good, but has a message everyone should hear.

Set in rhyme, this story explains to small children how one of their favorite Christmas treats, the candy cane, is a symbol of Jesus’ birth and gift of salvation.


A Second Variation of the Candy Cane Story

Jesus, Gentle Shepherd,

this cane of red and white

proclaims the sweet love story

born on Christmas night

This cane, you see, when turned around

begins your name of love

and now becomes a symbol

of peace proclaimed above

The lively peppermint flavor

is the regal gift of spice

The white is your purity

and the red your sacrifice

And so this cane reminds us

of just how much you care

and like your Christmas gift to us

it's meant for all to share

Legend of the Candy Cane - An animated story about the Jesus candy cane legend

The Legend of the Candy Cane
The Legend of the Candy Cane

Based on the bestselling book, The Legend of the Candy Cane is an inspirational story about a stranger named John Sonneman and a young boy named Matt. who has recently lost his parents. As John prepares to open a candy shop, he gives a red-and-white-striped candy cane to a little girl to symbolize the Christian holiday.


Another Jesus Candy Cane Poem Variation

A significant symbol of Christmas

Is the simple candy cane.

It's shape is the crook of the shepherd,

One of the first who came.

The lively peppermint flavor is

The regal gift of spice.

The white is Jesus' purity.

The red is sacrifice.

The narrow stripes are friendship

And the nearness of his love.

Eternal, sweet compassion,

A gift from God above.

The candy cane reminds us all

how much God loved and cared.

And like His Christmas gift to us

It's meant to be broken and shared.

Candy Cane Seeds

Another kind of candy cane poem

This is a fun poem you can attach to a bag of "candy cane seeds" (peppermint discs or balls) and give as a gift during the holidays.

Candy Cane Seeds

I once knew a gardener who knew how to grow

Bright tasty candies from under the snow.

I asked her to share her secret with me,

And this is what she replied readily:

To garden in winter is difficult, you see.

It takes lots of care and a very special seed.

Here are some seeds to grow your own treats,

And you'll soon reap a harvest of candy cane treats!

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Which version of the Jesus Candy Cane poem do you prefer?

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      Connie K. 2 years ago

      I like the second version best. I've been hunting this EVERYWHERE!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I like the second one, the longer version of the first the best. This is a wonderful lens honoring the true meaning of Christmas. Happy New Year! May the Lord bless and keep you. Micah 5:4-5

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      BunnyFabulous 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Never knew there was more than one version; I'd always heard the short version. We talk about how candy canes remind us of Jesus with our daughter. Great lens.

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      Glenda Motsavage 5 years ago from The Sunshine State

      I love anything Jesus is in the center's all about HIM!!! Thanks for sharing Jesus as the reason for the season. Merry Christmas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Never knew there was a poem about the candy cane! Will have to get my daughter to read it, she loves candy canes! - Also love the quote "Jesus, the reason for the season" - will have to repeat a few times I think...

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Really lovely lens for Christmas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Its all about Jesus at Christmas time. Be it poems, candy canes or presents!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      It is so hard to choose one poem, but I will go with Jesus Candy Cane Poem short version. A young girl gave me a candy cane and poem one Christmas at church and I loved it!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      Have a blessed Christmas. Love this page about the reason for the candy cane season!

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you for introducing me to the symbolism of the candy cane. Appreciated the message and focus on the meaning of Christmas.

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      My favorite Jesus Candy Cane poem is the first one listed here. My kids loved it in Sunday School.


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      RobinDM 6 years ago

      Cute! I like the first poem best!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens! I think I like the final version the best.