Candy Cane FAQs

Have a question about candy canes? Drop us a note and we will do our best to answer your question.

Below are some of the questions we have gotten over the years.

What is the best way to store candy canes?

The best way to store candy canes that I have discovered over the years is to place them in an air tight plastic bag, suck all of the air out and then store them in a dry location. Don’t put them in the fridge or freezer there is simply to much moisture in there. They will get frosty and damp, and eating a candy cane that has freezer burn just tastes gross.

The least expensive way is to buy some decent air tight plastic bags, I like the ZipLoc ones but there are other brands available that are decent. You want to remove as much air as possible, so once you have the candy canes in the plastic bag close it most of the way and then suck the remaining air out and then quickly close the bag the rest of the way. You can also use a fancy vacuum sealer to do the same thing.

Although you can store candy canes you do have to weigh the cost of storing them with the cost of simply buying new ones next year.

How long do candy canes last?

Candy canes can last a very long time if they are properly stored, but that does not mean they will taste very good after a certain amount of time. I have eaten the occasional candy cane that was over a year old, but they get stale and they can get soft. I tend to not keep candy canes longer than one year simply because I dislike the taste of old candy. If you are not sure how old the candy cane is it is probably best to not eat it.

Can a candy cane burn?

I personally have never tried to burn a candy cane, but I would imagine it would burn since sugar burns very well. A quick search on YouTube turned up this video of a person burning a candy cane with a torch.

How many candy canes are produced world wide each year?

Already have this answer on our Candy Cane Facts page, but since someone asked here is what I found out.

The number I have is there are over 1.76 billion candy canes made each year.

Now I could be wrong about the number that are actually made since obviously I am not a major world producer of candy canes, but several other websites also confirm that number.

Why are Candy Canes striped and not just white?

Good question, unfortunately it is one with no real answer. All I know is that before 1900 candy canes were all white and after 1900 candy canes started to appear with red stripes. It is also around that time that candy canes started to be flavoured with peppermint and wintergreen so it is possible that it had something to do with the flavour of the candy but that is pure speculation.

There is a story that goes around regularly that goes something like this:

A candy maker stained the candy cane with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

While it is a nice story for some people, it is probably just that, a story. There are no facts that I have found that proves that is why candy canes have stripes.

How Do You Properly Eat a Candy Cane?

Do you bite off the end of a candy cane little by little without sucking on it? Or do you suck on the straight end until it’s pointy and then bite it off? Which one is more highly recommended for maximum enjoyment?

Amazingly I get this question A LOT! Honestly I don’t think it matters how you eat a candy cane. Eat it how you feel like eating it. Like all candy it is made to be enjoyed and how you decide to do that is your decision.