National Candy Cane Day - December 26
Tue, Dec 26, 2023

National Candy Cane Day

National Candy Cane Day is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to the delicious candy canes that kids can’t resist! These treats are eaten all year round, but today provides a special chance to enjoy your favorite flavor before the new year. You might already be on your way to the store!


The origin of candy canes is intertwined with an old legend from the 17th century. It tells the story of a choirmaster in Cologne Cathedral (Germany). The chorister boys were so noisy during services that the clergyman had to think of a solution. He ordered lollipops from a confectioner and asked them to be twisted into the shape of a cane. The result pleased him, and the boys could enjoy their treats rather than make noise.

Another more logical version suggests that the idea of creating candy canes came from confectioners. They wanted to come up with the perfect candy for Christmas trees, and they did! The candy was originally black and white, but it became red and white during the English Revolution. During this period, the Puritans, led by Cromwell, had forbidden the celebration of Christmas. The candy sticks became a form of protest, symbolizing the symbol of the Trinity and Jesus.

Interesting facts

Did you know that candy canes can:

  • Be green-white, decorated with colorful bows.
  • Most often have mint and strawberry flavors, but there are also quite unusual ones like bacon, wasabi, and brine for those who like something a little different.
  • Some researchers believe that German migrant August Imgard came up with the idea of decorating the Christmas tree with candy in 1847.

How to take part

On National Candy Cane Day, it’s easy to bring joy to children or to yourself by indulging in nostalgia. Put on a good movie, pour yourself a hot cup of coffee, and dip a lollipop in it – it’s delicious! Decorate the Christmas tree with your family and take a picture of the green beauty to keep as a memory.

When is National Candy Cane Day celebrated in 2023?

National Candy Cane Day is observed on December 26 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday December 26 2023
Thursday December 26 2024
Friday December 26 2025
Saturday December 26 2026

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