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Top 25 responses given in 2005, by students at Schenley Cafe, for the origins of the CANDY CANE!
Ramesh C. Reddy
TOP 25 RESPONSES TO “"Why do you think the original candy cane was made with red and white stripes and is in the shape of a cane?"
It is all part of the magic of Christmas!
The originator was a barber who was a senior citizen.
Barbers needed canes to walk so they showed their professions on their cane.
Red is the best color ever & white looks good with red. It is a cane so you can hang them on your X-mas tree.
It is in the shape of a cane because Santa ate a lot of cookies, got really fat, and needed help standing up, so it’s used as his support. It is red and white because those colors match his suit.
They are red and white to match the candy stripers at the hospital and the shape is to hang on the sick children’s X-mas tree.
So small children would not poke themselves and red/white so it will match Santa.
Because that is the color Santa Claus wears, and it’s a cane shape because at one time Santa hurt his foot and needed a cane, so he made it red & white but now he is better.
It is the American version of the lollipop, hence the Red and White. The cane symbolizes being wise.
Because polar bears are white and coke cans are red.
Dave Kleinman Jr.
To represent blood and snow! Cane is the shape of a shepherd’s staff
Red and white are Santa’s favorite colors so his elves made him a cane so he didn’t slip when getting onto his sleigh.
Because Santa’s sweet suit is red and white and he had arthritis so he used to use a cane, until he had corrective surgery in the late 1800’s.
A candy cane is an upside down J. The J stands for Jerusalem where Jesus was born. White because it is the color of purity & goodness and red because of compassion. This is not what I think. This is the true story I think.
Red represents holly and white because they ran out of green food coloring. It’s in the shape of a ‘J’ because ‘J’ stands for Jesus.
It is not in the shape of a cane; it is in the shape of a “J” for Jesus! Red and white were Jesus’ favorite colors.
It is in the shape of a ‘J’, which stands for Jesus. White represents purity, red represents love and passion.
A shepherd’s cane represents the holiness of Christmas; the red and white stripes are there to make your tongue red.
Red = Love; White = Friendship; and a cane because the two colors are hooked together.
The cane shape was to represent the ancient tool used to fight off the evil alien bloodsucking monkeys. The red was for the bloodshed by both humans and monkeys and the white for the hope of peace in the future.
A RED and WHITE candy cane decided to have a baby and he was STRIPED.
It is a long story but here we go….One day a RED circle met a WHITE stick. They got married and had a baby and the cane was formed.
One day, Santa was walking around his workshop holding a white cane. Since it was cold outside, his nose was very irritated so it started to bleed. Santa didn’t have a tissue, so he took his cane and started to rotate it under his nose to catch the blood. When he was finished, it was spiraled. One of the elves thought it was bloody yet beautiful, and suddenly they were mass produced as candy. ~The End~
Santa wanted to make a candy that represented the “Christmas Spirit”; something red (which symbolized “LOVE for one another”) and something white (which symbolized the season, “peace”, “white snow”, etc.) Anyway, the colors were striped on a candy, shaped as a HEART, but the machine that produced the candy broke and candy canes with red and white stripes came out, were shipped and boxed, then sent to all the candy factories in the world. Then the shape stuck and the candy cane became the traditional Christmas candy.
Cane is the Shepherd’s cane; also “Lord is our Shepherd”! Red is the blood of Jesus shed for us; white is because we are robed in white through forgiveness.
REAL STORY BEHIND THE CANDY CANE:
Candy cane of red and white has meaning for me! (Dec 24. 05)