Nothing says Christmas quite like candy canes. These candy cane recipes will put you in the Christmas spirit in no time and help you share that spirit with others.
It seems like most people can’t wait for pumpkin spice season but I can’t wait for peppermint season. I love when all the fun peppermint flavored treats start coming out.
It’s not only that I love peppermint flavor but also what screams Christmas more than peppermint treats? A warm peppermint white hot chocolate while looking at Christmas lights or some chocolate peppermint cookies while watching a Christmas movie is a perfect way to spend a day in December.
A Brief History of Candy Canes
Did you know candy canes haven’t always had stripes or even had their traditional bent shape? They started out as white sugar sticks.
The legend is that in 1670, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany created the bent shape we now know to represent a shepherd’s staff. The candy canes were given to children during the nativity services.
Experts also say “it’s just as likely Germans added the hook to hang them from trees, alongside cookies, fruits, and other treats.”
It wasn’t for several more years that the candy canes would get their red and white stripes. Based on Christmas cards it appears that it was around 1900 when the stripes appeared. This is around the time peppermint flavor was also added.
There is a legend that the stripes were a secret code among persecuted Christmas in the 17th century. Three stripes represented the trinity, one Jesus’ sacrifice). It’s also likely that the stripes were just for good marketing.
The Best Candy Canes
There are so many different candy canes out there. These are some of the best-selling candy canes. I’m sticking with the classic peppermint but there are so many other fun flavors out there.
If you have dietary needs and still want candy canes and other Christmas candy, check out Natural Candy Store. They always have really cool options for different food restrictions.
Don’t forget to save broken candy canes for use in your Christmas baked goods!