The Candy Cane
Candy canes can be made at home to enjoy at Christmas. To make them, one needs a candy thermometer, a saucepan, and a cookie sheet. The ingredients are items such as corn syrup, water, peppermint extract, sugar, and cream of tarter. These items are mixed and cooked in a saucepan to a firm consistency, red food coloring can be added, and then the candy is pulled and stretched to a desired shape and allowed to dry on the cookie sheet until it hardens.
The traditional candy cane that most people think of is a red and white striped hook. But candy canes actually were simply white for many years. It wasn’t until the beginning of the twentieth century that red striping was added, although the reason behind this is unknown. Some have given credit to Bob McCormack for adding the red stripe to his line of candy canes known as “Bob’s Candies.” It is also thought that the peppermint flavor was added during this time period as well. Today, candy canes come in a variety of colors and many different flavors, some of which are cinnamon, mint chocolate, bubble gum, and fruit flavors. 1.76 billion candy canes are made every year. The largest candy cane ever made was 58 feet long, made by Paul Ghinelli. There is even a National Candy Cane Day: December 26, a day to enjoy and appreciate the candy cane. It has developed into a popular treat that people everywhere delight in during the holiday season.