One of the many joys of Christmas is the arrival of peppermint sticks – better known as candy canes. These tasty treats have the added bonus of being a great holiday decoration for the tree and coming in perfect holiday colors.
Candy canes have been around a long time. Folklore has it that they were the brainchild of a German choirmaster all the way back in 1670. He wanted a treat that would keep children quiet during nativity services and asked the candy maker to make the peppermint sticks look like the crooks carried by the shepherds that visited the baby Jesus – you know, to Christmas them up a bit.