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Christmas Candy Canes

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Candy canes and ribbons

Have you ever wondered how it came to be that we enjoy candy canes each Christmas season? Legend has it that in 1670, the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral handed out sugar sticks among his young singers to keep them quiet during the long Living Nativity ceremony. In honor of the occasion, he had the candies bent into shepherds’ crooks. The symbol of the shepherd's crook is an ancient one, representing the humble shepherds who were first to worship the newborn Christ.

Candy canes have come to be regarded  as much an ornament as it is a confection to be eaten. They appear in stockings, on tabletops as part of an ornamental display, and frequently attached to gift packages. And of course, what would a Christmas stocking be without candy canes?

 

Candy cane

Candy Cane Recipe

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon red food coloring
candy thermometer

 

  1. Mix the sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  2. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Place a candy thermometer in the mixture, and cook without stirring until the thermometer reaches 265 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Turn off the heat and add the peppermint extract.
  5. Divide the mixture in half by carefully pouring part of it into another pan.
  6. Add the red food coloring to one of the pans.
  7. While waiting for the candy to cool, grease three cookie sheets (two as working space, and the third to provide a non-stick surface for the canes to cool).
  8. Butter your hands, and use a buttered spatula to cut off a portion of one of the clear taffy. Have a helper do the same with the red taffy.
  9. Pull and fold the pieces repeatedly on your cookie sheet until they appear glossy, then roll them into an 8-inch long coil.
  10. Give the head of the cane a twist before setting it aside to cool on the third greased cookie sheet.

Small sled button Yield: 6 medium sized canes
 

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