National Candy Cane Day is celebrated every 26th of December each year. This day gives recognition to candy cane – everyone’s favorite candy. We all know what candy cane is – it is cane-shaped and is colored stripes of red and white. It is the most abundant candy during the holidays and also a popular form of a gift. If you are a fan of candy canes, then you should not miss out on the celebration of National Candy Cane Day.
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About the National Candy Cane Day
During National Candy Cane Day, people conduct various activities that let them achieve the objectives or purposes of the celebration. For one, people try to indulge themselves in as many candy canes as they could eat. Other people even go as far as to make their own candy canes for consumption or for gifts to their friends and family. People also shout out on social media how they are participating in the celebration of the event.
National Candy Cane Day History
There is still much unknown about the exact origin of candy canes. There is a recipe dated 1844 which tells of straight candies colored white with stripes. But some others claim that candy canes existed way before this time. In literature, candy canes were first mentioned around 1866. In 1874, it became a candy connected with Christmas. In 1882, people started hanging candy canes on their Christmas trees.
With limited knowledge about the origins of candy canes, even less is known about the history of the National Candy Cane Day. We don’t know when, where, and how it began. We also don’t have a clue as to who founded it. But still, we can make a good guess as to why such an event was established in the first place. Perhaps a person or a group of people thought that candy canes are much loved by the people. They must have then thought that it deserves a spot on the list of food holidays celebrated every year.
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National Candy Cane Day Dates
As mentioned earlier, National Candy Cane Day is celebrated every 26th of December each year. This means that the dates of celebration for this event are as follows:
- Saturday, December 26,
- Sunday, December 26,
- Monday, December 26, 2022
- Tuesday, December 26, 2023
- Thursday, December 26, 2024
- Friday, December 26, 2025
Celebration Ideas and Activities
The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of the National Candy Cane Day as best as it can be:
Make Some Candy Canes
Obviously, the best thing to do for your celebration of this event is to make your own candy canes. To do that, follow the steps below:
- 3 cups of granulated sugar
- 1 cup of light corn syrup
- Half a cup of water
- 1 and a half teaspoons of peppermint extract
- 1 teaspoon of red gel food coloring
- 1 teaspoon of white get food coloring (optional)
- Prepare two rimmed baking sheets then spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set this aside. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 200 F.
- Mix the corn syrup, sugar, and ¼ cup of water in a saucepan. Do this in medium hit then stir with a spatula until the sugar becomes dissolved.
- Pour the other ¼ cup of water into a separate bowl. Use this to wet a pastry brush.
- Use the wet brush to wash any sugar crystal off the side of the saucepan. But remember to not stir the syrup.
- When the syrup boils, put in a candy thermometer. Continue cooking but no stirring. Do this until the thermometer reading becomes 285 F. at this stage, the candy will be on its soft crack point.
- Remove from heat then let the bubbles subside. Mix in the peppermint extract.
- Pour half of the syrup onto a baking sheet. Place in a preheated oven.
- Combine the red food coloring. Estimate the color of the dye. Add more until it turns into a vibrant shade.
- Pour the remaining candy onto the baking sheet. Allow this to sit until it forms a skin.
- Spray nonstick cooking spray on a metal spatula. Use this to knead the candy. Flatten it then fold it back over. Repeat this process for about 2 minutes until the candy becomes cool.
- Use heat-resistant gloves to stretch the candy into a rope. Fold it in half and twist it.
- Repeat this for about 3 minutes or until the candy turns into an opaque color.
- Stretch the candy again into a rope with a diameter of about 2 inches. Return it into the oven.
- Remove the other candy from the baking sheet. Add in the white food coloring if you want.
- Pull the candy in the same one as the previous one (again into a rope with a diameter of about 2 inches).
- Remove the red candy from the oven then cut about 2 inches from the white ones. Put the remaining candies back in the oven.
- Squeeze the red and white candies together until they form a two-toned elongated candy.
- Stretch the candy again depending on the size that you want. You can even make it in the shape that you want. But of course, for the celebration, you should mold it into a cane.
- Do this with the remaining candies to make several candy canes.
- Serve your delicious candy canes and enjoy!
Binge in Candy Canes while Binge-watching Series
One great idea for your celebration of this day is to indulge yourself in eating delicious candy canes while you binge-watch some TV series or movies. It would be relaxing and fulfilling to do this at the end of the day while you sit or lie down on your couch or bed.
Decorate Your Christmas Tree with Candy Canes
Another good idea to celebrate this day is to decorate your Christmas tree with candy canes. You can use either the candy canes you made yourself or some that you have bought from the store.
Celebrate on Social Media
You can also take your celebration of this day on social media. You can, for instance, use the hashtag #NationalCandyCaneDay to let your friends and followers know that you are also participating in the celebration of this day. Let them know that such a celebration takes place every year and also how happy you are enjoying your day.