December and candy canes go hand in hand, and it seems like it has been for hundreds of years.
According to the National Confectioners Association, mint confectionery was introduced in 1670 by a German choirmaster. The mysterious choirmaster is said to have worked at Cologne Cathedral in what is now considered Köln, Germany, where he served shepherd’s candy to busy young singers during the long living Nativity scene ceremonies.
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The NCA reports that the tradition of sugar cane spread to the rest of Germany and eventually spread to the United States with the help of August Imgard, a German-Swedish immigrant. In 18.47, Imgard was said to have celebrated Christmas by decorating blue spruce with candy canes and ornaments and his neighbors in Wooster, Ohio, took note.
“The tradition started to spread and by the turn of the century red and white stripes and peppermint flavors became the norm,” the NCA wrote in an article on the history of candy canes.
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Candy canes began to be made commercially in the 1920s by Bobs Candies, a confectionery company based in Albany, Georgia. Factory owner Bob McCormack made “candy canes as special Christmas treats for his kids, friends and local merchants,” according to the NCA.
Candy cane production jumped into high gear in the 1950s after Bobs Candies introduced automation to their factory, which allowed machines to pull, twist, cut and bend candy canes with little effort. human interaction.
Bobs candy canes are still sold in the United States under the name Ferrara Candy Co. Other candy makers make candy canes throughout the year, with special attention from late November through December, notably Spangler Candy Co. and Doscher’s Candy Co.
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Weird and Interesting Facts About Sugar Cane
- National Candy Cane Day is celebrated in the United States on December 26 – Boxing Day, when many families choose candy cane decorations on their trees, garlands and wreaths.
- 90% of candy canes are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, according to the NCA. Candy canes typically see their highest selling week in the second week of December.
- On average, candy canes are typically 6 inches tall and 0.25 inches thick, according to Encyclopedia.com.
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- Nutritional data on Nutritionix.com indicates that a single candy cane weighing 14 grams is equivalent to around 55 calories and would require five minutes of running to burn.
- Peppermint is the signature flavor of candy canes, but dozens of flavors and colors have been introduced in the last century, including chocolate, fruit candies, and cookies.
- The world’s largest candy cane was made by Swiss pastry chef Alain Roby in 2012. It was apparently 51 feet long.
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