December 19, 2003
Dec. 19, 2003 -- Legend has it that candy canes trace back more than 350 years to a straight stick used to pacify babies. In the mid-1600?s, the choirmaster of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany used the sticks to settle restless children during long Christmas masses. He bent the stick to represent the shepherd?s crook.
It was not until the middle 1800?s that the crook-shaped candy was introduced in the United States, where they remain a holiday tradition.