Legend of the Candy Cane: A Candymaker’s Witness – A candymaker wanted to make a Candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church and the firmness of the promise of God. Plus now with a free printable version.
Legend of the Candy Cane: A Candymaker’s Witness
The candymaker made the candy in the form of a a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who like all sheep, have gone astray.
Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.
Unfortunately the candy became known as a candy cane–a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who have “eyes to see and ears to hear.” I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness “THE WONDER OF JESUS AND HIS GREAT LOVE,” that he came down at Christmas and remains ultimate and a dominate force in the universe today.
What’s is a candy cane?
- Candy – His love towards us is sweet. (Candy Devotional)
- Stripes – By His stripes we are healed.
- Letter – “J” for Jesus , the reason for the season.
- Shape – Shepard’s staff. (Shepherd’s Rod or King’s Scepter)
- Color – White, He cleansed our sins. (All Things White)
- Color – Red, His blood shed for us. (All Things Red)
I hope when you see a candy cane that it will remind you of our Savior who came to be born to die for our sins. Christmas is all about the birth of our Savior. He was born to save His people. Maybe you can add these points to the candy cane when you hand them out to people as a gift. This would be a great way to share with others at church.
Do you have any more Christian points to add to what a Candy Cane is? Do you know the author? Please share your comments below!
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Check out this blog post from Light House Devotions by Joe Rodriguez. It talks about stripes in candy canes, barber poles and even light houses.
National Candy Cane Day
This day is held annually on December 26.
Facts about the Candy Cane
- In 1844, a recipe for a straight peppermint candy stick, which was white with colored stripes, was published.
- The average candy can is 5 inches tall.
- While most candy canes are not sugar or calorie-free, they do not have any fat or cholesterol.
- Striped red and white candy canes were first introduced in 1900.
- The first machine to make candy canes was invented in 1921 by Brasher O. Westerfield. Until then, they were made by hand.
- Traditionally the flavor for candy canes is peppermint, but there are a variety of flavors.
- Alain Roby, Geneva pastry chef, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest candy cane, measuring 51 feet long.
- The first known to be mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874.
- As early as 1882, candy canes have been hung on Christmas trees.
- A lot of forklore about candy canes.
*This was found online somewhere and used in a past issue of Patterson Post. (Post 2001), the very first issue of Patterson Post.
Also first published on Courageous Christian Father on December 13, 2013 and last updated/republished December 4, 2019.