Candy Cane Facts

  • The original candy cane had a shape different then the modern day design. It was straight, all white, and hard.
  • A candy cane turned upside down reveals the letter J, which many believe represents Jesus.
  • National candy cane day is celebrates on December 26 in the United States.
  • The first candy cane was made over 350 years ago.
  • The first historical reference in America to the candy cane dates back to 1847. A German immigrant from Wooster, Ohio decorated his Christmas tree with candy canes.
  • The red and white striped candy canes were first made around 1900.
  • The traditional candy cane flavor is peppermint, however, it is also made in a variety of other flavors and colored stripes.
  • Over 1.76 billion candy canes are made each year.
  • The biggest candy cane ever made was 36 feet 7 inches 51 feet long (see this news).
  • Candy canes are sometimes as a topping for foods such as ice cream or as an additive to drinks such as hot chocolate. They are hung as decorations on Christmas Trees.
  • Nearly 2 billion candy canes will be sold in the four weeks before Christmas and Hanukkah.