There is much controversy over the beginnings of this humble confection. Was it started with a German Choirmaster in 1670? Indiana candy maker create them in the mid 1920’s?
Contrary to popular belief, candy canes, or sweet sticks of hard candy, have been around for over 250 years.
The Christmas Candy Cane originated in Germany around the early 1800’s, and had their start as straight, white, sugar sticks.
Sometime around 1900 the red stripes were added, along with peppermint and wintergreen flavoring.
As with many symbols, the candy cane can be used as a teaching example for Christian beliefs.
The “J” can mean Jesus, as well as represent the staff of the shepherds watching their flocks by night. The white of the cane can represent the purity of Jesus Christ, and the red stripes for the blood he shed on the cross.
As history would have it, around 1920, Bob McCormack from Georgia, started making canes for his friends and family. McCormack’s brother in law, Gregory Keller, invented the Keller Machine that automatically made straight candy sticks into curved ones, giving us today’s candy cane!