Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite traditions we do with our kids. Each Christmas we get our our favorite book,The Candymaker’s Gift – The Legend of The Candy Cane” by David Haidel. My boys look forward to reading this timeless treasure over and over.
I thought it would be fun to share the story behind the candy cane with you, as it can be a wonderful teaching tool for your children, Sunday school classes, or anyone young or old who you want to share more about Jesus in a memorable and sweet tasty way. If you have never heard the legend of the candy cane, you are in for a “sweet treat” for the heart of Christmas.
Please click over to The Better Mom, where I am sharing all about the legend of the candy cane today. After reading over at Better Mom, be sure to come back and download the FREE PDF printable of the spiritual meanings and scriptures of the candy cane. I have included a printable short version that can be attached to a candy cane and given away as a gift to anyone you want to share about Jesus this season.
And… for fun I wanted to include a candy cane recipe, if you want to try your hand at making your own candy canes this year…
Candy Cane Recipe
This candy cane recipe is fairly easy to make, but make sure you carefully supervise your children, since candy is still fairly hot when it needs to be pulled.
What You’ll Need:
1⁄2 cup of light corn syrup
3⁄4 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1⁄4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
2 cups of sugar
1⁄2 cup of water
In a sauce pan, cook the water, corn syrup, cream of tartar and sugar until it reaches a hard ball stage (250-265 degrees F on a candy thermometer). Remove the pan from the head, adding the peppermint extract. Divide the candy into two bowls. Add some red food coloring to one bowl, mixing together thoroughly.
When candy is cool enough to handle, pull pieces out of each bowl of candy, forming it into ropes. You’ll need white ropes and red ropes. Twist white ropes and red ropes together to form candy canes. Place on wax paper and allow to harden.
Recipe makes 1 dozen candy canes.
Click here for the FREE Printable of the scriptures and spiritual meaning behind the candy cane.