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National Candy Cane Day is December 26

Candy canes
Candy canes
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Ah, the sweet, peppermint flavor of a candy cane--now modernly available in cherry flavors and other rainbow flavors--was not around until about 350 years ago. Originally the candy cane was pure white, as white as freshly-fallen Christmas snow. Several variations of the story of candy canes exist; but, one version is that sugar sticks were bent to represent a shepherd's staff.

Well, these days, candy canes are indeed bent and are both perfectly and practically suited to adorn Christmas trees and stockings. Celebrate the day after Christmas with candy canes. December 26 is nationally known as National Candy Cane Day.

Fun Fact: Did you know that in traditional red and white candy canes, the white sections are the only parts to have flavor?

Prior to the 1950s in America, candy canes were made by hand. That means, candy canes went through the laborious process of being poured, stretched and pulled, kneaded, shaped and allowed to set. Then, viola! Machines took over making candy canes. The result was a lot less labor and a higher production of candy canes.

You can find candy canes in any Chicagoland store or nationwide store. This item is seasonal, as you may already know, so gather your hats and mittens and venture out to buy candy canes for you and your family/friends on National Candy Cane Day!

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