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Candy Canes & Christmas (Posted On: Monday, December 03, 2007)

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One of my favourite things about Christmas is the candy cane. Whether it’s because of the snappy striping, using them as decorations on the tree or in holiday baking, Christmas doesn’t seem like Christmas without candy canes.

I recently had the pleasurable experience of watching candy canes being from start to finish and I had no idea candy canes were made this way.

The Legend of the Candy Cane
Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy at Christmas time that would serve as a witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus.

He began with a stick of pure white hard candy; white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless nature of Jesus; hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of the Church; firmness to represent the promise of God.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought it could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd, with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes, having several meanings related to Jesus.

The Candy Factory is located at 645 Hurontario Street in Collingwood, 705.445.2400. You can also visit their website at


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