Did you know Candy Canes originally came from Cologne, Germany? It's true in 1670 a choirmaster gave the children sugar sticks to keep them quiet during Christmas performance. They were white representing purity and straight in the beginning. Later bent to represent a Shepard hook or the "J" for Jesus.
In the 1800's they made their way to America and in the 20th Century the red stripes were added, some say they represent the blood of Christ. The flavor of peppermint is similar to another member of the mint family, hyssop. In the Old Testament hyssop was used for purification and sacrifice, and this is said to symbolize the purity of Jesus and the sacrifice he made.
I love Candy Canes, I love to decorate my tree with them, I love to eat them and I love to stir my hot cocoa with them also. Since moving to Germany the founders of the first Candy Cane....you think they would be everywhere right? And you think they would be the best in the world right? They are not everywhere and they taste gross and are not peppermint flavor at all. And they are so expensive 1 Euro or $1.50 for ONE! They don't even sell them in boxes with multiple quantities! THE INVENTOR OF THE FREAKING CANDY CANE!!!!
So friends in America when you are buying your Candy Candy's in the box it's probably Bob's Candy Canes the largest producer and you are probably paying the same price for a box as I am for one little yucky non peppermint candy cane!! SO enjoy them and consider yourself lucky!
Not bitter just jealous!