Is there a right way to eat a candy cane?

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Always a popular holiday candy, is there a right way to eat a candy cane?

How do you eat a candy cane? While the candy cane is usually around just for the holiday season, the classic holiday candy has a long-storied history. Even after hundreds of years, one question is still debated. Is there a right way to eat candy cane?

On December 26, the national food holiday, National Candy Cane Day, is celebrated. Even if you prefer chocolate to classic seasonal candy, most people have enjoyed one at least once during the holiday season.

Legend has it that candy canes were created to keep children quiet during a long church service. Made to resemble a shepherd’s crook, that simple candy has evolved over the years.

While most people associate a candy cane with the red and white color, it wasn’t always that way. For 200 years, the candy was just white. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the red and white stripes became the norm.

Today, candy canes come in a variety of colors and flavors. From multi-colored candies to fruity flavors, that holiday candy comes in many forms.

Given that most candy canes are sold during the second week in December, it is believed that many people decorate with the seasonal candy. With 90 percent of sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it is one of those treats that you enjoy only one time of the year.

Still, one aspect of the classic holiday candy remains the same, its shape. Although some people might struggle to unwrap the candy without breaking it, there can be a question about which is the best way to one.

According to the National Confectioners Association, there are three preferred ways to eat a candy cane.

  • 58% eat the straight end first
  • 30% eat the curved end first
  • 12% break it into pieces

Eating the straight end first makes sense because it is the easiest way to enjoy it. Plus, you can leave the wrapper on to avoid sticky hands. Plus, you can use the candy canes in beverages that way too. Who hasn’t used one to flavor that hot chocolate or coffee?

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From the food holiday to just a seasonal candy treat, isn’t it time to unwrap some candy canes? They will be gone again until next year.

How do you eat candy canes? Do you eat them or decorate with them?