Where do candy canes come from?

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Every year around Christmas time, we see them. They're on trees, in bowls or more commonly, in the hands of youngsters. Candy canes, a popular treat worldwide, come in all sorts of flavors.

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Traditionally peppermint, nowadays you can find just about any flavor of candy cane known to man. But, a couple of questions loom. Where do candy canes come from? Why are they in a cane shape?

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