The importance of peppermint candy around the holidays dates way back to the 1600's. A German choir master took plain white candy sticks, bent them and gave them to the kids of his choir to keep them well behaved. Thus, the candy cane was born. After this introduction of the bent sugar stick, people began to make their own and incorporate them into their holiday decorations. It wasn't until about 1900 (around the time that King Leo was founded, 1901) that peppermint was added to the canes for flavor though. Since then, we at King Leo have perfected the craft of peppermint candies and created our own delectable varieties of this holiday flavor staple. Make sure this holiday season that you grab a tub of peppermint puffs, or cook something delicious for the family with our crushed peppermint! The holidays just aren't complete without it!