Christmas would not be Christmas without candy canes right? It is the number one selling candy that is not chocolate in the month of December. Ninety percent of candy canes sold are sold after Thanksgiving. 1.76 billion candy canes are made in just the United States alone. No one really knows how they got their start. I’m going to show you couple ideas on they origin, but then I will show you the truth.
One legend has it that a German choirmaster gave all the choir boys candy in church to keep them from being fidgety. The church members did not like him giving the kids candy during church because they felt it inappropriate. So the choirmaster bent the candy into a shepherd’s crook resembling the shepherds who came to see Jesus at his birth. This led to the congregation saying it was okay and the candy cane was born.
In another legend it says the candy was made in Indiana of all places. A candy maker wanted to make something that would represent Christianity. So he made a hard candy representing the solid rock foundation of the church, white for the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus, and red for the blood spilled by Jesus as he hung on the Roman cross. He made the candy a J for Jesus. Whoever wrote these stories was not in on the secrets.
The first documented use of Candy Canes to celebrate Christmas occurred in 1847, when Austin Imgard, a German-Swedish immigrant, in Wooster, Ohio decorated a Christmas tree with paper ornaments and candy canes. At the turn of the century candy makers added stripes and peppermint flavor and in 1920s Bob McCormack’s candy factory started mass producing them by hand. In the 1950s his brother-in-law, a Catholic priest named Greg Keller, invented a machine that would mass produce the bent candy.
With all the stories of Candy Canes out there the true origin is still a mystery. This is where I come in. The people who think the Candy Cane is shaped like a shepherd’s crook are on to something, but it is not a shepherd’s crook this candy was meant to resemble. It was the Pharaoh’s Crook. Pharaohs were buried with a crook and flail crossing their chest. If you know my work, you know that Egypt was split into two regions. Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. Lower Egypt being followers of the constellation Aries and Upper Egypt being followers of the constellation Taurus. The flail and crook meant the Pharaoh united Egypt. Flail for the bull and crook for the sheep.
What does this have to do with the Candy Cane? The Pharaoh’s Crook was striped blue and gold for protection, immortality, rebirth and fertility. The Candy Cane is red and white. Why is it red and white? In Ancient Egypt the Pharaohs of Lower and Upper Egypt were said to have different color crowns. Lower Egypt had the red crown and Upper Egypt had the white crown. Putting red and white stripes on the Candy Cane screams Ancient Egypt. This is the reason there is so much red and white in Christmas. It is more than likely why Santa wears red and white. Why is there no flail? All the patriarch religions come from Lower Egypt and Lower Egypt hated Upper Egypt because it was a matriarch. The Candy Cane being red and white shows that the western world is a united Egypt under the Lower Egyptian rules.