Ah, the candy cane: a festive staple that has hung on Christmas trees, sweetened our hot cocoas, and filled our stockings for generations. With its iconic red and white stripes and peppermint flavor, it has become synonymous with holiday cheer. But do you know how the candy cane came to be? Let’s take a sweet stroll down memory lane before we dive into this season’s craziest flavors!
The origin of the candy cane dates back over 350 years, though it started off a bit differently than the treat we know today. The original candy canes were straight sticks of white sugar candy used to decorate Christmas trees. It wasn’t until around 1670 that a choirmaster at Cologne Cathedral in Germany bent the sugar sticks into the shape of a shepherd's crook and gave them to children to keep them quiet during long Christmas services. It is also said that the shape represents the letter “J” for Jesus. The red stripes were added about 200 years later in the early 1900s, along with the peppermint flavor, creating the candy cane we are familiar with today.
Now, while the traditional peppermint candy cane is a timeless classic, candy makers around the world have been getting creative (and maybe a bit crazy) with their flavors. This year, we’ve found some of the wildest and most unexpected candy cane flavors that are sure to either delight your taste buds or leave you utterly perplexed. Let’s dive in!
Hot Dog Flavored Candy Canes
Yes, you read that right. The classic American cookout staple has been transformed into a candy cane. These Hot Dog Candy Canes promise to deliver the savory taste of a freshly grilled hot dog, complete with all the fixings. It's a bold move away from the sweet and minty flavors we're accustomed to, and it’s sure to be a hit or miss. Whether you're a hot dog enthusiast or just looking for a quirky stocking stuffer, these candy canes are definitely a conversation starter!
Brisket Flavored Candy Canes
Continuing with the savory theme, we have Brisket Candy Canes. For all the barbecue lovers out there, this one's for you! Imagine unwrapping a candy cane and getting a whiff of smoky, slow-cooked beef brisket. It’s like a BBQ in candy form! While it might not replace the real deal, it’s a fun and unexpected way to bring some southern charm to your holiday celebrations. Plus, it’s a perfect gift for that one friend who just can’t get enough of their smoker.
Old-Fashioned Gravy Flavored Candy Canes
Gravy and candy aren’t two words you’d typically hear in the same sentence, but here we are! The Old-Fashioned Gravy Candy Canes are here to add a touch of Thanksgiving dinner to your holiday sweet treats. With a rich and savory gravy flavor, these candy canes might just have you reaching for a plate of mashed potatoes instead of a glass of milk. It's certainly a bold choice for a candy, and it’s sure to leave an impression, be it good or confusing!
Possum Flavored Candy Canes
Last but not least, we have the Possum Flavored Candy Canes. Now, before you jump to conclusions, these candy canes do not actually taste like possum. Instead, they're a playful nod to the quirky and unexpected. With a sweet and fruity flavor, these candy canes are a safe choice for those looking to dip their toes into the world of wacky flavors without diving in headfirst. They’re sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike, and they add a touch of whimsy to any holiday gathering.
This holiday season, the candy cane has transformed from a sweet, peppermint treat into a canvas for the wild and wonderful flavors of the world. From hot dogs and brisket to gravy and possums, there's a candy cane flavor out there for everyone—no matter how adventurous your taste buds may be. So, why not take a walk on the wild side and give one (or all) of these crazy candy cane flavors a try? You might just discover a new Christmas candy favorite. Or, at the very least, you’ll have a great story to tell! Happy tasting, and may your holidays be filled with sweetness and surprises!