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A Sweet Treat For The Holiday

Audrey Tumbarello, Journalist

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Christmas is coming and everyone is seen eating candy canes. Many people lick

on this minty and sometimes sweet treat, but no one knows how it came to be or what it is made out of.

Candy Canes originated in Germany about 250 years ago and the red and white stripes were added onto the candy when companies incorporated the flavor of peppermint and wintergreen. Before people started adding flavor it was just a straight white sugar stick.

There are many theorems of how the candy was invented, but one that is everywhere on the internet is the story that the candy cane came to be from the Christian religious symbolism. People have said that the white part of the candy comes from the purity of God and the red part comes from the blood that was shed when Jesus died on the cross. Also, many people the shape “J” was to stand for Jesus.

The candy cane is seen everywhere at Christmas time from ornaments to candy. Not everyone likes Peppermint, so there is also sweet fruity flavors like strawberry and watermelon.

Candy canes have become a staple for Christmas time. A lot of families have candy canes in their household.

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