Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Candy Canes

The candy cane began as a religious symbol.  There are several tales, but the most prominent one tells of a candy maker who wanted something that would be a symbol of witness for the birth, ministry and death of Jesus.  The pure white candy is said to represent the purity of Jesus’ birth and the sinless nature of the Savior.  It is made hard to remind us of the love and solid foundation God provides for us.  If held with the curved end down, it looks like the letter “J” for Jesus.  Held with the curve at the top, we are reminded of the shepherd’s crook used to gather in the sheep.  The red stripes on the candy remind us of the scourging Jesus received and the blood He shed for us.