Francine In Retirement
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Tis the season to be jolly, goes the famous Christmas song, Deck The Halls.  In keeping with my theme, “Visions of the Holidays” and answering Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge on what makes me happy I thought I would share the below.

What makes my stomach happy, especially this time of year, are candy canes and hot candy cane cocoa.  What makes my heart happy is knowing the meaning behind the candy cane.  I share it with you below.  I hope it brings happiness to your heart as well.

Candy Cane

The True Story

A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would be a witness,
so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols
for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of
pure white, hard candy: white to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless
nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the Foundation of the
Church and firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious
name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the
staff of the Good Shepherd with which He reaches down into the ditches of the
world to lift out the fallen lambs who like all sheep have gone astray. Thinking
that the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained it with red stripes.
He used three small stripes for the blood shed by Christ on the cross. So that
we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as the Candy Cane. It became a
decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for all those who “Have eyes to see and ears to hear.”  We pray that this symbol will again be used to witness to the wonder of Jesus and His great love that came down at Christmas.

Candy Cane Cocoa

Candy Cane Cocoa

  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 peppermint candy canes, crushed
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 4 small peppermint candy canes
  1. Heat the milk until steaming hot – NOT boiling.
  2. Add the chocolate and crushed peppermint candy and allow them to melt and become smooth.
  3. Pour into Christmas mugs and garnish with whipped cream and crushed candy canes.

Or add candy cane stirring stick to make it extra special.


Hard Candy – Reminds us that Jesus is like a “ROCK”, strong and dependable
Psalm 31:3

Peppermint Flavor – Is like the gift of spices from the wise men.
Matthew 2:11

White Candy – Stands for Jesus as the holy, sinless Son of God
1 John 1:7

Cane – Is like a staff used by shepherds in caring for sheep.
Jesus is our “Good Shepherd”.
John 10: 1-18, 27-30

The Letter J. – Is for the name of Jesus, our Savior.
Matthew 1: 21

The Color Red – Is for God’s love that sent Jesus,
and for Jesus’ love in giving His life for us on the cross.
John 3: 16 and Revelation 1:5

The Stripes – Reminds us of Jesus’ suffering – His crown of thorns,
the wounds in His hands and feet, and the cross on which He died.
John 19: 1-30

Please visit Cee’s Photography to see other Fun Foto Challenges here.




  1. I knew what the colors meant of the candy cane but didn’t know about the J shape. Thanks

  2. This I never knew! Thank you for sharing this Francine. Now when I look at the Candy Cane, I will not see it as merely a piece of candy but also as another symbol that represents the meaning of Christmas.

  3. Yet again I learn from you Francine!

  4. I’m learning about it. Thanks, Francine!

  5. I had no idea this is what it symbolised – thanks Francine

  6. This is just wonderful.. Thanks Francine.. Blessings Bro Pat. 🙂

  7. Just one bite and one sip brings the joy of Christmas knocking on our door. Beautiful.

  8. i never knew this story before!! this is pretty awesome! thank you for sharing it..

  9. How nice! Thanks for this story, Francine. 🙂

  10. Had no idea either 🙂

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