One of the quintessential items of the Christmas Season is the candy cane. What would the holiday season be without this sexy striped and minty deliciousness? From adorning a tree to having a reserved place in your mug of homemade hot cocoa, candy canes have a special place in many people’s hearts this time of year. But how did this sweet treat become such a standard fix during our holiday season?
According to legend, a choirmaster in 1670 Cologne, Germany was sick of all the little kids chattering and being noisy during the Christmas Eve Nativity Scene. He had a local candy maker create sweet minty sticks, justifying giving kids candy by making candy canes into a hook at the end to remind the children of the shepherds that visited the newborn baby Jesus.
Whether this tale of the origins of the candy cane is true or not, stick candy on record was first referenced at the1837 Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, where confections, including original stick candies, were judged and critiqued. By 1920 and ever since, candy canes went from being rare handmade treats to mass-produced confectionaries, especially at Christmas. The rest, as they say, is history.
In honor of the everyone’s favorite Christmas time candy, have a Chocolate Candy Cane Martini! Take the sweetness of candy canes to a whole new level with some Stoli Vanil goodness. You’ll feel like a kid in a confectionary store all over again with this delicious cocktail.
What you’ll need:
- 2 oz Stoli Vanil
- 1 oz Crème de cacao Liqueur
- 1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed candy cane.
Enjoy and drink responsibly.