Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 66

Candy canes

There are these little candy cane candy things everywhere in preparation for Christmas, which makes me question why there are so popular in the USA and only really seen in Elf (the great, great movie) by British folk.

Here is the candy cane history according to Wikipedia. Perhaps my American friends can help out if any of this is complete and utter nonsense.

candy canes

According to a popular account, in 1670, in CologneGermany, the choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral, wishing to remedy the noise caused by children in his church during the Living Crèche tradition of Christmas Eve, asked a local candy maker for some sweet sticks for them.[1][2][3][4] In order to justify the practice of giving candy to children during worship services, he asked the candy maker to add a crook to the top of each stick, which would help children remember the shepherds who paid visit to infant Jesus.[1][3][2] In addition, he used the white colour of the converted sticks to teach children about the Christian belief in the sinless life of Jesus.[3][1][2] From Germany, the candy canes spread to other parts of Europe, where they were handed out during plays reenacting the Nativity.[2][4]

A recipe for straight peppermint candy sticks, white with colored stripes, was published in 1844.[5] The candy cane has been mentioned in literature since 1866,[6] was first mentioned in association with Christmas in 1874,[7] and as early as 1882 was hung on Christmas trees.[8]Chicago confectioners the Bunte Brothers filed the earliest patents for candy cane making machines in the early 1920s.[9]


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I vow to blog forever……


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6 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 66

  1. Sarah G says:

    Love it. Just caught up with your blog. It is funny noticing all the little quirky differences between the US and UK. I’ve been here for 3 years and I’m still finding stuff.

  2. Well you learn something new everyday!
    Congrats on the award, well deserved.

  3. EmmaK says:

    Congrats on your award!! Yeah I don’t like candy canes much either although they look cute.

  4. ian bolden says:

    What about Brighton Rock and Blackpool rock with the name right through it? – Just because your Dad never bought you any!!!

    Ian B

  5. Laurel says:

    Rosa had a candy cane in her school bag yesterday in fact! I’ve never seen better lights than the house with a giant lit up Elvis on the front of it and a guitar…and that was in Cleeve! Who knew!

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