The candy cane originally was a straight white stick.
Candy canes with red stripes first appeared in the mid-1900s in Sweden.
The candy’s curvy shape is credited to a choirmaster who worked at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. It is believed he bent the peppermint sticks to look like the canes used by shepherds.
Other sources credit the bending to a candy maker in Indiana. It is speculated he also decided to add three red stripes to the candy cane to represent the Holy Trinity.
Some people believe the reason the peppermint sticks were bent was so they would look like a “J,” for Jesus.