Legend of The Candy Cane
The true meaning of the Candy Cane
Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me
White is for my Savior
Who's sinless and pure!
"J" is for Jesus My Lord, that's for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!
Many years ago, a candy maker wanted to make a candy at Christmas time that
would serve as a witness to his Christian faith. He wanted to incorporate
several symbols for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus. He began with a
stick of pure white hard candy; white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the
sinless nature of Jesus; hard to symbolize the solid rock, the foundation of
the Church; firmness to represent the promise of God.
The candymaker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the name of
Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. He thought it could also represent
the staff of the Good Shepherd, with which he reached down into the ditches
of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone
Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with
red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging
Jesus received, by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the
blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of
eternal life. Unfortunately, the candy became known as a candy cane - a
meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the true meaning is still
there for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.