Why do you think the original candy cane was made red & white and was in
the shape of a candy cane?
To match Santa’s clothing. It was in the shape
of a cane so it would be easy to hold and hang from Christmas Trees.
It is supposed to represent the North Pole’s
sign that is similar to what looks like a Barber shop sign.
Red and white stripes are bright and make you
happy and Christmas is a time to be happy!
Because a barber wanted to give his customers a
treat, so he made it the same colors as the pole on the outside of his
Red and white were probably the cheapest colors
and the cane was probably the easiest for kids to hold.
The Red Cross invented candy canes to cheer up
old people with canes.
For the deers to eat & it was shaped that way to
stick in the ground.
Because the actual “pole” at the North Pole is
red & white and it’s a cane to help Santa Claus to walk because he’s
(Rob Scully & Alex Chiaro)
The maker wanted to promote his new cane company
in the US, but unfortunately, he ran out of the blue dye to make them
Red & white for peace and love, cane shaped
because half a heart..
It’s in the cane shape because if you put 2
together it forms a heart. It’s red & white to represent love.
Red on white makes it stand out and the shape of
a cane adds a twist to a straight rod.
Red & white because Santa is red and snow is
white, cane shaped because the machine messed up making the candy.
Santa Clause invented them and he made them red
and white because those are his favorite colors and they are in the
shape of a hook so that he could attach it to his beard while he is
driving the sleigh.
Red and white for Santa Claus outfit! It is in the shape of a cane to
pull someone off of a stage when they are terrible in a Christmas play.
When Santa touches them they get red striped;
they are cane shaped to go on reindeer’s antlers.
It was because of Santa Claus. He has canes in
front of His house. I was there. We had tea!
Santa’s clothes are red & white and since he’s
so old he needed a fashionably unique cane, so we made edible
Santa was looking at a “Where’s Waldo Book”
and wanted his candy to be found as easily as Waldo so he made it
(Emily & Briane)
Red stands for blood when the man fell down; White is the Light he
saw when he died, and it’s a cane because he is old.
Back in the Stone Age they had very little candy
so they would eat bloody Sabretooth rib bones; in the 1600’s they
replaced the blood with peppermint stripes and in the 1700’s they
replaced the bones with candy which led to the extinction of the
The red & white symbolize the two sides of the Cold War: The Soviets
(Red) and the U.S. (White). The intertwining of these 2 colors
symbolizes the constant struggle for world control and race for military
superiority. The shape of the cane symbolizes a “crutch” that the world
needed while 2 superpowers grew stronger. As the tension grew the more
disarray the world seemed to be in. The candy cane is a strong Cold War
To commemorate a war that happened in the
White = Snow,
Red = Blood,
Cane Shaped = For the injured in the war who had to use canes
(Jamie Harclerode & Ashley Garcasz)
Red is for the love that exists at this time.
Hearts are red.
White is for the beauty of the snow.
Cane is so people do not slip on ice!
(Lauren Dmitsak & Kristen Rosati)
The answers given by multiple students sounded
very similar to the number 1 answer which is the true story behind the
candy cane and its maker so I bunched them together which will be
followed by the true story! They are not in any particular order!
It is red and white for
the stripes Christ bore on the cross; the cane upside down is the hook
to draw men unto Christ.
White for the purity of
the Virgin Mary, red for the blood of Jesus dying on the cross. It is
curved for the staff of the Shepherd.
(Jess Neuhart, Michelle McCauley, and Jen
Well, it’s shaped like a
cane because Jesus was our Shepherd and He carried a staff and the color
of white is for the purity of his birth and red for the blood He shed
There’s some relation to
Christianity, J for Jesus, red for the blood and white for purity.
(Catherine McDermott & Laura Friole)
Red and white is for the
peace and good will of man & the blood on the cross. The cane is to hang
for all to see.
White is for
purification and cleansing and red is for the blood of Christ, and cane
shape is for Shepherd’s staff.
(Kyla Wallace & Edna Termilus)
Red is for Jesus’ blood,
and white because he died for our sins and is holy. Cane is
representative of the staff of the Shepherd.
I would imagine the cane
is symbolic of a Shepherd's staff and the colors are for purity and
I would guess something
like the red represents blood possibly and the cane is shaped as a
Shepherds cane and the white represents purity!
Red & White because back then there was no green
dye to make the proper Christmas colors. It is in the shape of a cane to
symbolize Jesus and Him being a Shepherd. The cane is like a Shepherd’s
(Kevin Leary & Greg Koteen)
Shepherds cane and three
stripes for Trinity.
It was originally
designed as a staff when turned upside for the Good Shepherd. The red
stripes are for the blood of Christ shed. The white stripes are for
purity of Christ!
(Adrianne Gunter & Jen Friedel)
For a Shepherd’s staff!
Red is for blood spilled and for white is for the purity of God!
(Crystal Lotier & Eric Dutchess)
Candy cane was shaped as
a shepherd’s staff which symbolizes Jesus Christ. The red stripes
represent His blood when He died on the cross. The white stripes
symbolize the purity of Jesus. It became a Christmas symbol ‘cuz it
reminds everyone of Jesus who was born that day and saved us.
THE NUMBER 1 ANSWER IS
There was this elderly man who owned a candy factory and loved his
grandchildren so dearly that he wanted them to know about his love for
the Lord Jesus Christ. Since they were children, he had to think of a
way to present the Gospel to them. What better way than create candy in
the shape of a cane he thought to himself. Later he decided to put red &
white stripes on it with 3 tiny little stripes going through it. Now
when his grandchildren came for candy, he had a way to also present the
Gospel. He would tell them the shape of the candy was in the shape of a
cane to represent the letter “J” to stand for Jesus and when it is
turned upside down to represent a Shepherd’s staff to take care of us
His sheep for Jesus is the Good Shepherd. The red stripes on the candy
represent the wounded stripes of Jesus when he was bruised and beaten to
rescue us and the blood that Jesus shed on the cross at Calvary to wipe
away all our sins while the white stripes represent the purity of Christ
cleansing us of our sins when we are covered with the cleansing blood of
Jesus. The 3 tiny stripes represent the Trinity: God, the Father; God
the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. With just a candy cane the Gospel was
presented to the children at Christmas time celebrating the birth of
Jesus. Every time they ate a candy cane they could be reminded of what
they mean to Jesus and how much he loves them. Amen!
compilation by Ramesh C. Reddy, Editor-in-Chief
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