While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
We're hooked! December 26 is National Candy Cane Day.
In folklore, the story of the candy cane is full of religious symbolism. The shape of the candy cane itself symbolizes a shepherd's crook. Legend goes that in 1847, an Indiana candy maker colored the canes red, for the blood of Jesus. The white was said to represent purity and the Virgin birth. Turned upside down, the candy cane looks like a "J," for Jesus.
Many, including Snopes.com, have debunked this story, saying that candy canes have been around since the 17th century. There's no basis for the explanation of the symbolism in historical fact - they weren't red and they weren't striped. Still, they taste good no matter what color they are!
Broken candy canes? Don't toss them - make peppermint bark out of them instead with this simple recipe from Eatocracy associate editor Sarah LeTrent.
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