The 2021 Wallace Candy Cane is just one of the many classic ornaments that we offer at Silver Superstore. This piece has been released annually for decades, but where did it get its start?
A Brief History Of The Candy Cane
If a legend dating to 1670 is to be believed, the first candy cane was the brainchild of a German church choirmaster. Hoping to keep the little ones quiet during a reenactment of the Nativity, he asked a local confectioner to make what he described as “sugar sticks” for them.To justify doling out treats in church, the choirmaster suggested adding a crook at the top; with any luck, that would inspire the children to reflect on the humble shepherds in the scene.
This lovely story may have some basis in truth, but the first stick candies didn’t debut until confectioners competed for prizes at an exhibition in Massachusetts in 1837. The earliest recipe for a straight peppermint candy stick was published in 1844, and there’s mention made of a candy cane in an 1866 literary work. Candy canes as we now know them didn’t show up on Christmas trees until the early 1880s.
The calendar has flipped over to June, and here at Silver Superstore that can only mean one thing: our 2017 silver Christmas ornaments have started rolling in! And as much as we love a good backyard barbecue, it’s never too early to plan ahead and get your hands on your annual favorites.
2017 Gorham Snowflake
This gorgeous creation is a six-sided piece of .925 sterling silver adorned with a red ribbon. This festive item is guaranteed made in the USA and is stamped Gorham Sterling on the edge. It’s the 48th in a long line of terrific ornaments crafted with Old World charm and dedication to quality. The snowflake is 3.5 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide. It glimmers in the light from the sheen of its reflective surface. The concentric hexagon pattern repeats on both sides, so it will look marvelous from any angle.
You can also adorn the Gorham Snowflake with an Engraving Tag and add a special message. Both sides can be engraved ($6.00 extra for the second side). There are 15 fonts from which you can choose. It also comes with both a protective pouch and an attractive gift box. As with real snowflakes, no two Gorham versions are the same from year to year.