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2015-01-08

National Candy Cane Day

Doug White

Before I get started on this week's article, I want to send my condolences to the family of Leona Buck. She passed away just two days before her 98th birthday. Leona, was always young at heart and had a wonderful smile.
National Candy Cane Day was 26 Dec 2014. Christmas would never be right for me without enjoying a candy cane. Here is some information about the special candy. The original shape was not a cane, just straight. The first candy cane was made over 350 years ago. The first historical reference in America to the candy cane dates back to 1847! Gee, that's a hundred years before I was hatched.
A German immigrant from Wooster, Ohio decorated his Christmas tree with candy canes. I seem to recall doing the same to our family's live Christmas tree one year back in the early 60s. After Christmas, as I was removing them from the tree, I would eat one every once in a while.
The red and white striped candy was first produced in 1900. The traditional flavor was peppermint. Now, you can find them in all the colors of the rainbow and so many different flavors, too.
How about this, over 1.76 billion candy canes are produced every year! The largest candy cane ever made was 51 feet long. This was accomplished by Chef Alain Roby which would be his third Guinness world record.
I hope you enjoyed this week's article. Happy New Year 2015, to you all.