Why Is Peppermint the Flavor of Christmas?

We review the theories.


Asking the hard-hitting questions over here:

We review the theories.

, a local choirmaster in Cologne, Germany, sometime around 1670, was looking for a way to keep rowdy young people quiet while they were watching the live Nativity, and asked a local confectioner to create a special hard candy for the kids to keep busy on for a while. It was shaped like a cane—or, more to the point, a shepherd's staff.

also suggests another interpretation: "Owing to the Christian nature of the confection, it has also been suggested that the inverted candy cane was intended to form a 'J' for Jesus."

extend further to the coloring of the candy canes we see today (in their original version they were simply white): "A story from seventeenth-century England posits that the white 'body' of the candy can refers to Christ's flesh, while the thick red stripe references his blood; the three tiny red stripes symbolize the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost."

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