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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

History of the Candy Cane

Kim Watters here. According to legend there was a candy maker who wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ.

First of all, he used a hard candy because Christ is the rock of ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble a "J" for Jesus or, turned upside down, a shepherd's staff. He made it white to represent the purity of Christ.

Finally a red stripe was added to represent the blood Christ shed for the sins of the world, and thinner red stripes for the stripes He received on our behalf when the Roman soldiers whipped Him. Sometimes a green stripe is added as a reminder that Jesus is a gift from God.

The flavor of the cane is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is in the mint family and was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice. Jesus is the pure Lamb of God, come to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

I don't know if this is true, but it sure makes a great story; one that I tell my kids as I hand them their candy canes, because He is the reason for the season.

8 comments:

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Thanks so much for this reminder. I did children's ministry for years and told this story often. But I didn't know hyssop was in the mint family. Great to know!

Christmas blessings your way, Julie

Kim Watters said...

Thanks for stopping by Julie. I didn't know about hyssop either. Google is such a wonderful thing. Merry Christmas to you and yours, too.

Missy Tippens said...

I've never heard this before, Kim. Thanks for sharing!

Kim Watters said...

You're welcome Missy. Glad I could share it with you. Merry Christmas.

Merrillee said...

Every year our community Bible study passes out candy canes with this story attached. I got mine yesterday.

Kim Watters said...

That's really neat Merrillee. Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas.

Lyn Cote said...

Kim, you made me want a candy cane!

Kim Watters said...

Hi Lyn, where should I send yours? :)