Welcome to the Christmas Season!
Share this story of the Candy Cane's origin with your family, and then make delicious Candy Cane Ice Cream!
Legend of the Candy CaneAccording to legend there was a candy maker who wanted to invent a candy that was a witness to Christ.
First of all, he used a hard candy because Christ is the rock of ages. This hard candy was shaped so that it would resemble a “J” for Jesus or, turned upside down, a shepherd’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 soldiers whipped Him. Sometimes a green stripe is added as a reminder that Jesus is a gift from God.
The flavor of the cane is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop is in the mint family and was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice. Jesus is the pure Lamb of God, come to be a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
So, every time you see a candy cane, remember the message of the candy maker: Jesus is the Christ!
Candy Cane Poem
Jesus Gentle Shepherd, this cane of red and white proclaims the sweet love story, born on Christmas night
This cane, you see, when turned around begins your name of Love and now becomes a symbol of peace proclaimed above
The lively peppermint flavor is the regal gift of spice
The white is your purity and the red your sacrifice
And so this cane reminds us of just how much you care and like your Christmas Gift to us it's meant for all to share.
Candy Cane Ice-Cream
You will need:
1 pint good quality vanilla ice cream
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 candy canes, crushed
Set the vanilla ice cream on the counter and let it come to room temperature.
Pour it into a mixing bowl and stir in the peppermint extract and crushed candy canes.
Then, return it to the ice-cream container and place it back in the freezer.
Allow to refreeze before serving.