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Candy Canes: A Debatable Delight

Samantha Reinard, Copy Editor

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Candy canes: the striped symbol of the holiday season. Some love their peppermint flavor, but some detest them. The taste is not the only thing with varying perspectives – the origins of this treat are contested, with many stories.

One theory of this treatś creation is religious in nature. The story goes that they were invented in Indiana for Christian children. Those who subscribe to this theory believe that the J is for Jesus and the colors are symbolic of Jesus and blood. However, this story is not chained to reality and is merely a myth. Some say that the shape came from the shepherdś cane of nativity scenes, but this theory has been debunked too.

The first record of the candy cane come from a German immigrant, August Irmgard, who is thought to be the first to bring the concept of Christmas trees to the states. On this tree were ornaments made of paper and… candy canes, according to the National Confectioner’s Association. On the other hand, according to the Irmgard family, they didn´t produce candy canes, they made bavarian cookies. Therefore, the origins of these candies are still unknown.

Samantha Reinard, Copy Editor

Hi! I am Samantha Reinard, a senior here at Los Al. I enjoy cooking, hiking, and travelling.

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