It’s candy cane season! From candies to lawn decorations, you’re probably seeing a lot of candy canes this time of year. Whether you and your kids are traditionalists who prefer peppermint candy canes, or would rather have a blue raspberry candy cane and a bright blue tongue, there’s a lot to learn about this unique candy. Keep reading to learn a few new things about this classic holiday icon, and enjoy a candy cane while you’re at it!
Candy Cane Facts
- December 26th is National Candy Cane Day.
- The world’s largest candy cane was 51 feet tall. It was created by a Swiss chef in 2011.
- Originally, candy canes had no curve and were only white.
- It wasn’t until 1900 when the red stripes were introduced.
- The first company to mass produce candy canes was Bob’s Candies.
- Every year, nearly two billion candy canes are produced worldwide.
- Candy canes haven’t always been minty. Originally, they were just sweetened with sugar.
- People have decorated Christmas trees with candy canes for many years.
- In the early 1900s, candy makers started adding peppermint and wintergreen oils to candy canes. Now we can’t imagine this candy without its minty taste.
- You can make homemade candy canes using sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar, peppermint extract, and red food coloring.
- Candy canes are the #1 selling non-chocolate candy in December.
- Many people incorporate candy canes into their holiday recipes, such as cakes, cookies, hot chocolate, and more.
Did any of these candy cane facts surprise you? Tuck a fact or two away and impress your family at your next holiday gathering! And if you are in the mood for a treat with candy canes, check out these recipes below.