Christmas Treats


Charlton Kim

Christmas is coming around the corner, and everyone is excited to put up the Christmas tree and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. But have you ever really thought about seasonal candies, like peppermint bark and gingerbread?

Probably the most well known and one of the most popular Christmas candy is the candy cane. The candy cane started out as a tradition at churches. However, this idea spread to other places in Europe. The candy cane was first plain white, but they got their red stripes later. It is said that the white stripes represent Christ’s blood and purity and the three red stripes represent the 3 parts of the Holy Trinity. 

Another popular winter treat is Hershey Kisses. Hershey kisses were first made by Hershey in 1907. However, to make their chocolates different from their competitors by adding paper plumes which they trademarked.

One other Christmas candy is peppermint. No one is really sure who created the peppermint since they have a long history as a cure to digestive problems.

People also often eat gumdrops on Christmas. Although it may not be considered a Christmas treat to many, people often use it to decorate their gingerbread houses, or just straight up eat them. Although we are not sure who made gumdrops and when, many people say that it was created in 1801, but they only gained popularity in the late-19th century. Percy Truesdell is said to have made the recipe for the modern gumdrop in 1915.

Many people around the world eat and make things with gingerbread every Christmas. The most popular forms of gingerbread are gingerbread houses and gingerbread men. Surprisingly, the gingerbread man’s idea was made by Queen Elizabeth I who had her cooks make them for her VIP guests. Another popular form of gingerbread are gingerbread houses. The first gingerbread house was created as a result of the fairy-tale “Hansel and Gretel” where two lost children stumbled upon a house made of bread and candy decorations.

No matter what the origin of all these Christmas treats are, people will still enjoy eating fun snacks and candies during the special holiday of Christmas.

“I personally love eating peppermint oreos on Christmas,” said Simeon Alling, 7.