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The Candy Cane Story 

 

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that

would be a witness, so he created the

Christmas candy cane. 

He incorporated several symbols for the

birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white hard candy.  White

symbolizes the virgin birth and the sinless nature of

Jesus.  The hard candy symbolizes the solid rock - the

foundation of the church and firmness of

God's promises.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of the

letter "J" to represent the name of Jesus.  It also

represents the staff with which the Good Shepherd

reaches down to 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.  The candy maker used

three small stripes to represent the scourging Jesus

received by which we were healed.  The large red stripe

was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross.

Since that time, however, the candy has become known

as the candy cane.  The story of its creation has been

lost to tradition and mass production, and it is now

available in many different colors, shapes, and sizes.

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Last Updated Saturday, November 20th, 2004