If your house is anything like mine after Christmas when all the festivities have wrapped up, and there are only crumbs leftover from all the cookies, cakes and sweet treats, but there is still a plethora of candy canes scattered about the house?
Candy canes are the number one selling candy at Christmas time, but they seem to be the last candy leftover after the holidays. Every year, we are introduced to some new Christmas theme candy, whether it's a candy bar shaped like Santa, or candy pieces that are red and green. These sweet festive candies come and go, but the traditional candy cane continues to hold on to the title of "most popular Christmas candy".
So why do we always have so many over-looked and under-eaten candy canes lingering about after all the decorations have been tucked away for another year? And where do they all come from? Of course, many of us buy them to hang our Christmas trees as a perfect edible decoration. And Pinterest has introduced us to so many cute holiday decorations and candy crafts made out of Christmas candy. Santa's sleigh is a popular homemade gift project and candy canes make the perfect sled runners. For me, it just doesn't seem like Christmas until I have purchased my first dozen or so candy canes.
I was quite amused and enlightened when I looked up the origin of the candy cane. According to folklore, in 1847, in Germany, a choirmaster was annoyed by the noise the children made on Christmas Eve during a ceremony. He asked a local candy maker to make some sugar sticks for them hoping to keep their little mouths busy and quiet. The candy maker decided to bend the top of the candy stick so it would resemble Shepard's crooks, in order to justify giving candy to children during a worship service. He used the color red to signify the blood of Jesus that was shed, and the color white to represent the sinless life of Jesus.
After learning of the origin of candy canes, I came to realize that, although they are a used and sold in a way that adds to the commercialism of Christmas, they are really one of only a few popular Christmas products that symbolize what Christmas was meant to be. I'm not sure how well known that story is, but I always thought that the origin candy canes had something to do with the North Pole.
So now that I know the charming story of how candy canes came to be, I have a new outlook on the sweet peppermint goodness that I have neglected all these years. But I do have to admit, that I'm not a huge fan of the flavor peppermint, and a candy cane can be a little too much sugar and mint in one stick. But I do love peppermint flavored cakes, cookies and chocolaty anything.
So instead of throwing away those forgotten and leftover red and white hooked peppermint sticks that kept those children quiet during an 18th century church service, we should re-purpose them after Christmas for a minty sweet New Year's treat.
I found the most scrumptious looking peppermint desserts in my research that I am sharing in hopes that "no candy cane will be left behind". And the best this about most peppermint desserts is that the color of most of them is PINK. After all, red and white does make PINK. I have mentioned in many of my blogs and articles that most bakeries make a lot of PINK frosted desserts because PINK happens to be one of the most appetizing colors. After you look at the following pictures, you will definitely agree.