12 cool facts about Candy Canes

You see them everywhere but what do you know about these tasty treats?

(Ark-La-Tex Weekend) - It’s one of the quintessential parts of Christmas. You can’t escape some sort of candy cane during the season. These sweet, minty desserts are everywhere. So next time you grab one, think of these candies, remember these simple truths about them.

1. The longest candy cane made came from Switzerland and measured 51 feet.

2. 1.76 BILLION candy canes are produced every year.

3. December 26th is National Candy Cane Day.

4. Candy canes were the #1 holiday candy in Louisiana in 2020 according to CandyStore.com.

5. They’ve been called candy canes since around 1866.

6. Candy canes were originally straight. The curve was added to represent the Shepard’s crook(cane) and if you turn it upside down, it’s the letter J for Jesus.

7. They come in more than peppermint flavor. Now you can find chocolate, fruits, and even bacon. A fun game is to have your co-workers guess what the flavor is.

8. The leading theory of when candy canes came into being is in 17th century Cologne, Germany.

9. The traditional white and red represents the purity of Jesus and the blood of Jesus. Originally, they were all white.

10. All it takes is sugar, light corn syrup, water, red and white food coloring and peppermint extract to make your own candy cane.

11. The standard candy cane is six inches tall and a quarter of an inch thick.

12. It’s one of Santa’s favorite things to pass out when kids come to visit.

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Robert Streeter

Robert Streeter

Robert is no longer an employee of KSLA as of October of 2023.