In an effort to help set the record straight, we offer the following candy cane facts. You might want to mix the drink first so you have something to sip while you read!
1. Candy canes were not originally canes at all, they were candy sticks (simple sugar sticks to be precise – with no flavor).
2. In 1670 a choirmaster in Cologne Cathedral in Germany bent his candy sticks into canes to represent the shepherd’s staff. Why? To be given out to the children to keep them quiet during the long-winded nativity services.
3. The first historical reference to candy canes in the U.S. goes back to 1847 when German immigrant August Imgard decorated his Christmas tree with candy canes.
4. The red and white striped canes appeared in 1901.
5. Around the same time, candy makers added peppermint and wintergreen flavors to their candy canes. (those flavors became traditional)
There are several other beliefs about the candy cane that are upheld throughout Christendom at large that are simply NOT true. There are no Christian symbolisms within the candy cane and the original candy sticks had nothing to do with Christmas, they were just candy to be enjoyed any time of year!
Here’s the recipe (it’s not the same without our Candy Cane rim·licks™):
- 5 parts Vanilla vodka
- 5 parts white Creme de Cocoa
- 3 parts Peppermint Schnapps
- Candy Cane rim·licks™
- Shake all ingredients together until VERY cold.
- Pour small amount of drink into saucer. Use this to wet martini glasses for rimming.
- Rim glasses.
- Pour & Serve!