Who doesn’t love the red and white striped peppermint-flavored candy sticks? They are mainly associated with Christmas, and can be used for a tasty treat or a traditional Christmas tree decoration.
As today is the first day of December, I give you 15 facts about candy canes.
- National Candy Cane Day is celebrated 26th December in the United States.
- The world’s largest candy cane was created in 2011 and was 63 feet tall.
- The average sized candy cane (5 inch) weighs roughly half an ounce and only has 50 calories.
- Candy canes do not have any fat or cholesterol.
- A candy cane turned upside down reveals the letter J, which many believe represents Jesus.
- It is believed by many that the white of the candy cane represents the purity of Jesus.
- Originally, candy canes were only white and they didn’t have the bend.
- The first candy cane was made over 350 years ago.
- The candy cane was first mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874.
- In 1882, candy canes were first hung on Christmas trees.
- The red and white striped candy canes were first made around 1900.
- In 1921, Brasher O. Westerfield invented a machine that could automatically make candy canes. Before this each cane was made by hand.
- Over 1.7 billion candy canes are made each year around the world.
- The traditional flavour for candy canes are peppermint, however, it is also made in a variety of other flavors and colours.
- Candy canes can also be used for toppings on desserts or as an extra in hot chocolate, yes, a candy cane hot chocolate stirrer!