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

  1. December 26th is National Candy Cane Day.
  2. The world’s largest candy cane was 51 feet tall. It was created by a Swiss chef in 2011.
  3. Originally, candy canes had no curve and were only white.
  4. It wasn’t until 1900 when the red stripes were introduced.
  5. The first company to mass produce candy canes was Bob’s Candies.
  6. Every year, nearly two billion candy canes are produced worldwide.
  7. Candy canes haven’t always been minty. Originally, they were just sweetened with sugar.
  8. People have decorated Christmas trees with candy canes for many years.
  9. 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.
  10. You can make homemade candy canes using sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar, peppermint extract, and red food coloring.
  11. Candy canes are the #1 selling non-chocolate candy in December.
  12. 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.