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Up Close and Personal with the Candy Cane

Hello lovely people! I’m a candy cane fanatic. Absolutely obsessed with them to the point where I bought 136 for myself last holiday season as a treat yourself kind of gift. Not to worry, though, I’m far from the only one obsessed with this peppermint flavored sugar stick. In fact, last year alone, over 1.76 billion candy canes were made. Read below to discover everything you might possibly need to know about the ever elusive candy cane!

THE SHAPE AND COLOR HAVE BEEN CHANGED

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The original candy cane had a shape different than the modern day design. It was straight, all white, and hard. Pretty boring if you ask me, but hey, they fixed it.

SOME BELIEVE THERE TO BE RELIGIOUS SYMBOLISM IN THE CANE

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A candy cane turned upside down reveals the letter J, which many believe represents Jesus. Coincidence? I think not! The illuminati must have something to do with this hidden message.

MORE SYMBOLISM IN THE COLORS?

Some believe that the colors red and white symbolize Jesus’s blood and the virgin birth. That’s pretty darn lit, but I’m choosing to stick to thinking they symbolize the colors of my role model and hero, Santa Claus.

THERE’S A NATIONAL HOLIDAY!

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National Candy Cane Day is celebrated on December 26 in the United States. It is also the day Target marks down the price of the candy cane!

IT’S OLD AF

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The first candy cane was made over 350 years ago.

IT DIDN’T COME TO THE UNITED STATES UNTIL 1847?

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The first historical reference in America to the candy cane dates back to 1847. A German immigrant from Wooster, Ohio decorated his Christmas tree with candy canes. Now why on earth didn’t he eat those suckers?

AGAIN, THE RED TWIST WAS NOT ALWAYS THERE

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The red and white striped candy canes were first made around 1900.

WE’VE GOT SOME WEIRD FLAVORS

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The traditional candy cane flavor is peppermint, however, it is also made in a variety of other flavors and colored stripes such as bacon flavored, gravy flavored, pickle flavored, and sriracha flavored.

THEY CAN BE HUGE

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The biggest candy cane is 51ft. long.

THEY ARE KINDA HEALTHY

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The average sized candy cane (5 inch) weighs roughly half an ounce and only has 50 calories. Paired with the lack of fat, cholesterol, and gluten these must be one of God’s many gifts to the world.

THEY BURN

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Yep! Much like everything else, candy canes burn because they’re made up of sugar, which burns rather nicely. So if you ever need a candle and you don’t have a crayon you know what to do.

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