The Christmas Candy Cane originated in Germany about 250 years ago. They started as straight white sugar sticks.
A story says that a choirmaster, in 1670, was worried about the children sitting quietly all through the long Christmas nativity service. So he gave them something to eat to keep them quiet! As he wanted to remind them of Christmas, he made them into a ‘J’ shape like a shepherds crook, to remind them of the shepherds that visited the baby Jesus at the first christmas. However, the earliest records of ‘candy canes’ comes from over 200 years later, so the story, although rather nice, probably isn’t true!
Sometime around 1900 the red stripes were added and they were flavored with peppermint or wintergreen. So now over 100 years later, it’s no surprise that candy cane flavors have expanded.
Jungle Jim’s International Market is featuring these 8 flavors this holiday season:
Pickle & Coal (Smoky Cinnamon) Candy Canes
Coffee & Rotisserie Chicken Candy Canes
Bacon & Gravy Flavored Candy Canes
Krampus (Cinnamon) & Wasabi Candy Canes
And if those flavors don’t do it for you how about Jelly Belly, Oreo’s, Dum Dums, Sour Patch or Swedish, Life Saver, Sweetarts or Brach’s Red Hots Cinnamon Flavored Candy Canes?
We found these all online, many at Amazon.com.