Can you imagine a Christmas without the candy cane? Candy canes, the traditional white and red candies with the mint flavor, can be seen everywhere during the holiday season. Many individuals use candy canes to decorate their Christmas trees and plastic candy canes adorn the front of some homes in Newark, New Jersey and across the United States. Do candy canes bring back your childhood holiday memories? Candy canes were made for children.
In 1670 candy canes were created in Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral saw that the youngsters were not behaving. In order to make the children interested in religion, he told a candy maker to create a candy for the children and to bend the top of each stick. The crook would remind the youngsters of the shepherds who came to see Jesus. The white part of the candy cane is a symbol of the sinless life of Jesus. The choir director gave the candy canes to the delighted children during the reenactment of the nativity.
August Imgard, who was a German immigrant who came to America in 1847, introduced the candy cane to America. He used candy canes as ornaments to decorate his tree at his residence in Wooster Ohio. Ever since, the candy cane is the classic holiday American candy that brings out the child in all of us.