Having kids is wonderful – seeing them play, learn, grow – it’s undoubtedly one of the greatest pleasures in life. However, children can also be one of the greatest pains in your neck, especially when they’re running around the house screaming and breaking stuff.
Few hundred years ago a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, got fed up with the great number of restless children ruining his practices and official ceremonies. He couldn’t put up with the kids, so he went to a local candy maker in order to find a solution to the problem. The choirmaster wanted something that would keep the children occupied and keep their mouths from talking, screaming or crying. The final result was a candy cane, which had the shape of a shepherd’s crook. The little candy twist had to remind the children of the shepherd that visited Jesus Christ when the latter was a newborn baby. The white color of the candy was intended to symbolize the sinless life of Jesus.
And that’s how the candy cane was invented and why it looks this way!