This week TREATS is featuring Peppermint.
We have Peppermint Stick ice cream and
The origin of the candy cane goes back over 350 years,
when candy-makers both professional and amateur
were making hard sugar sticks. The original candy
was straight and completely white in color
.Around the seventeenth century, European-Christians
began to adopt the use of Christmas trees as
part of their Christmas celebrations. They
made special decorations for their trees
from foods like cookies and sugar-stick candy.
The first historical reference to the familiar
cane shape goes back to 1670, when
the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany,
bent the sugar-sticks into canes to represent a shepherd’s staff.
The all-white candy canes were given out to children during
the long-winded nativity services.