A candy cane is more than a snack or Christmas tree decoration.
We also like to use them as dinner table decor: Fold a candy cane into each napkin, or tie it with a ribbon as a place setting.
Here are other ways to use them.
This is also a good list for what to do when you’ve purchased too many candy canes, or what happens to them after the holidays.
These “leftover” candy canes add bright peppermint flavor to beverages and desserts, throughout the gray winter days.
– Grind three candy canes or eight 1-inch peppermint candies to a fine powder in a food processor or spice mill.
CANDY CANE HISTORY
Candy canes were created in 1670 in Germany, by the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral. He created sugar sticks for the young singers in the choir, to keep them quiet during the long Living Crèche ceremony. He bent the sugar-sticks to represent a shepherd’s staff.
At this point, candy canes were all-white and had no flavoring. They remained this way for more than 330 years. White candy canes can still be seen on Christmas cards dating to 1900.
Shortly after then, the first red-and-white striped candy canes appeared. The name of the innovator is lost to history. At about the same time, confectioners added peppermint and wintergreen flavors to create the “modern” candy cane.
December 26th is National Candy Cane Day.
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