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Honoring A Holiday Tradition: The Peppermint Candy Cane

Honoring A Holiday Tradition: The Peppermint Candy CaneThe Peppermint Candy Cane has long been a holiday tradition, and for good reason – not only does its red and white stripes exude simple holiday elegance, but the refreshing peppermint taste of each candy cane captures the brilliance and fun of the season. It’s important to cast some holiday glitter and glitz on the peppermint candy cane, and we’re here to share the history, symbolism, and modern day traditions with you!

History of the Peppermint Candy Cane

It all started in the seventeenth century. European-Christians began decorating Christmas trees with delicious cookies and sugar-stick candy treats. The sugar-sticks were the beginning of the peppermint candy canes that we know today. In 1670, a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany bent the top of the sugar-sticks to resemble a shepherd’s staff, and voila! The shape of the peppermint candy cane of today was born. The candy canes were pure white, and given out to children during the long nativity services.

This tradition spread across Europe, with the peppermint candy canes sometimes being adorned with sugar roses or other decorative elements. Around 1847, a German immigrant living in Ohio, named August Imgard, decorated his Christmas tree with the candy canes, marking this as the entrance of peppermint candy canes in America.

The Symbolism of the Peppermint Candy Cane

There is quite a bit of speculation on the symbolism of the design of the peppermint candy cane. One of the most popular theories has a religious connotation, with the “J” shape of the candy cane denoting a belief in Jesus, the red and white stripes signifying Christ’s blood and purity, and the three red stripes symbolizing the Holy Trinity.

Peppermint Candy Canes Of Today

The Peppermint Candy Cane has only increased in popularity, with new twists on the old favorite: Life Savors Candy Canes, Blueberry Candy Canes, and Bob’s Santa Pole Candy Canes. Peppermint candy canes still adorn our Christmas trees, but have now been integrated into all aspects of holiday décor! Honor the rich tradition of the peppermint candy cane by enjoying it as much as possible this holiday season.
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