According to legend there was a candy maker who wanted to invert a candy that was a witness to Christ. The result was a Candy Cane.
First of all the candy maker used a hard candy because Christ is the rock of  ages,  This hard candy was shaped so that it resembled a "J" for Jesus or that of a kind of a shepard's staff.  He made it white to represent the purity of Christ, Finally a red stripe was added to represent the blood Christ shed for the sins of the world and three thinner red stripes for the stripes he received on our behalf when the Roman soliders whipped him.  Sometimes a green stripe is added as a reminder that Jesus is a gift of God.

The Flavor of the cane is peppermint in which it is similar to hyssop.  Hyssop is in the mint family and was used in the Old Testament for purification  and sacrifices.  Jesus is the pure lamb of God, and came to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.

So, the next time you see a Candy Cane, you can hear the sermon it preaches and the story it tells; Jesus Christ, the Good Shepard, is the sinless rock of ages who suffered and died for our sins.


Legends Index