- 1944 US, due to red and white-striped jumpers worn by hospital volunteers, which resembled stick candy, originally a group of high school girls who volunteered as hospital workers at East Orange General Hospital. (Wiktionary)
- From the resemblance of the volunteer's red and white striped uniform to a candy cane. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Frank and I knew this candy striper from our days observing Justin in the hospital; Chloe even seemed to have hard as it was for me to believe a little crush on my not-so-smooth-with-the-ladies brother.”
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