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. Regarding to this issue he found a local candy maker and asked him to make some “sugar sticks” for the kids. In order to remember him and the ceremony he asked the candy maker to put a crook on top of each one. He also asked about white color, so the kids would remember the sinless life of Jesus. 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 first Candy Canes were made by hand and a the first machine was introduced in 1919 and its owner (Robert McCormack) became the biggest Candy Cane supplier in the world. In 1957 Robert’s brother in law, Gregory Keller, studied seminary in Rome. The summer of 1957 he went back to US to work at the Candy Cane factory. After working hard all summer he decided to patent the invention – The Keller Machine.
And that’s how the candy cane was invented and why it looks this way!