from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A usually striped stick of peppermint candy with the top curved to resemble a walking cane.

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  • noun US, Canada An edible candy in the shape of a cane or staff, generally consumed during Christmas time and usually having a peppermint flavor.

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  • noun a hard candy in the shape of a rod (usually with stripes)


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  • National Candy Cane Day: December 26. Clever.

    November 8, 2007

  • A candy cane is a hard cane-shaped candy stick. It is traditionally white with red stripes and flavored with peppermint; however, it is also made in a variety of other stripes of different thicknesses. The candy cane is a traditional candy surrounding the Christmas holiday in North America, although it is possible to find them throughout the year.

    January 25, 2008