National Candy Cane Day is celebrated on December 26.
Candy canes have a long history. In 1670, the choirmaster at Germany’s Cologne Cathedral gave children sticks of sugar candy, bent into the shape of a shepherd’s crook. This crook symbolized how Jesus, the Good Sheppard, watched over children like little lambs. This tradition spread throughout Europe and people realized that the upside-down crook looked like a “J” for Jesus.
In 1844, a recipe was created for a white candy cane with red stripes. Candy canes were used as tree decorations starting in the late 1800s. By then there were many explanations for how the candy cane represented Jesus – including that the white color represents his Virgin birth and the red represents God’s love. Today, more than 2 billion candy canes are sold in the four weeks preceding Christmas and Hanukkah. (Source)
- Candy Maker: Describe how to make home-made candy canes.
- Food blogger: Share your favorite recipes that use candy-canes.
- Interior Designer: Show how to use candy canes to decorate your tree.
- Engineer: Write about the technology involved in making candy canes. Describe the first candy cane making machine, which was created by the Bunte Brothers in Chicago in the 1920’s.
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