HomeUncategorizedThe origin of Candy Canes

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness for his Savior, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white, hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth (Isa. 7:14, Luke 1:26-35) and the sinless nature of Jesus (1 John 3:5) and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock (1 Cor. 10:4), the foundation of the Church (Matt. 16:18), and the firmness of the promises of God (Ps. 18:30-32).

The candy maker made the candy into the form of a `J’ to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to Earth as our Savior (1 John 3:16-17), and a symbol to represent the staff of the Good Shepherd (John 10:14) with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray (Isa. 53.6, Rom. 3:10-13).

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker decided to stain it with red stripes. He painted on it three small stripes representing the stripes of the scourging Jesus received prior to his crucifixion (Mark 15:15-20), the stripes He received that we might be healed (Isa. 53:5). The large red stripe represents the shedding of His blood on the cross, the blood shed for us so that we may have eternal life, by Him and through Him (Rom 5:9, Eph. 1:7, Col 1:19-20, Heb. 9:11-14).

Unfortunately, the candy which this made, has become a meaningless decoration, seen only once a year at Christmas time, simply known as the candy cane. But the meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear.” (Rev. 2:7).


We pray that this symbol will again be used as a witness for the GLORY AND WONDER OF THE LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, who was born in a manger on Christmas Day and remains the ultimate and dominating reason for life, on this side of Heaven.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears MY voice and opens the door, I WILL come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with ME.” (Rev. 3:20).

Originally published circa 1988 on my original website, fishers.net

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