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
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.