Candy Cane: A Taste of Christmas

Submitted by Elaine Magliaro, Guest Blogger

Here’s a poem I wrote and some information about the candy cane:





in my green felt stocking

I find

a striped stick of sweetness,

red as Rudolph’s nose,

white as Santa’s beard.
I crinkle open my peppermint present…
let my tongue celebrate
the wintry taste of Christmas.

Candy canes have been around for more than 300 years. According to legend, the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany is said to have given out sticks of candy to his young singers who became restless during the long Nativity ceremony. The sticks, which he had bent into the shape of shepherds’ crooks, were distributed with the hope of keeping the young singers quiet. Candy canes came only in white for more than 200 years. Around the turn of the 20th century, candy canes with red stripes and peppermint flavoring appeared.

5 thoughts on “Candy Cane: A Taste of Christmas”

  1. eniobob,

    Very sweet… (Thanks for the songs, and especially the message/poem of “strength” posted on the recent “Jack and Rudy” thread. Wishing you and yours all the best today.)

    Elaine M.,

    So appreciate all the good things you bring to this blog, as well as the little holiday presents sprinkled throughout (the Muppets and other holiday tunes; Jack and Rudy sporting hats, your “candy cane” poem, and so much more. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  2. merry christmas my name is La-nija i am eniobob granddughter,thank you for the history lesson

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