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Geneva chef makes world’s largest candy cane

Chef Alain Roby breaks the record for the world’s longest candy cane — measured at 51 feet — Saturday night in Geneva. courtesy of Heron PR

Chef Alain Roby breaks the record for the world’s longest candy cane — measured at 51 feet — Saturday night in Geneva. courtesy of Heron PR

Chef Alain Roby breaks the record for the world’s longest candy cane — measured at 51 feet — Saturday night in Geneva. courtesy of Heron PR

Chef Alain Roby breaks the record for the world’s longest candy cane — measured at 51 feet — Saturday night in Geneva. courtesy of Heron PR

Chef Alain Roby breaks the record for the world’s longest candy cane — measured at 51 feet — Saturday night in Geneva. courtesy of Heron PR

Chef Alain Roby breaks the record for the world’s longest candy cane — measured at 51 feet — Saturday night in Geneva. courtesy of Heron PR

Geneva pastry chef Alain Roby broke his third Guinness World Record Saturday night by creating the world’s longest candy cane, measuring at 51 feet long.

Roby, who already holds world records for the tallest cooked sugar building and tallest chocolate sculpture, pulled sugar starting at the Geneva Courthouse and stretched it to the intersection in front of his All Chocolate Kitchen, at 33 S. Third St., on Saturday.

The candy cane fit in well with the festive decorations on Third Street as residents, candy fans and even Mayor Kevin Burns joined in to cheer on Roby.

Roby is a certified master chef of pastry and artistry, and he has created other masterpieces including a 700 pound sculpture of Neil Armstrong in an astronaut suit that was featured on the Food Network. He also created a life-size chocolate sculpture of a Blackhawks player honoring Chicago Blackhawk’s legend Eddie Olczyk when the team won the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Geneva pastry chef Alain Roby broke his third Guinness World Record Saturday night by creating the world’s longest candy cane, measuring at 51 feet long. Roby, who already holds world records for the tallest cooked sugar building and tallest chocolate sculpture, pulled sugar starting at the Geneva Courthouse and stretched it to the intersection in front of his All Chocolate Kitchen, at 33 S. Third St., on Saturday.

5 Fun Facts About Candy Canes

While they may not be your favorite holiday sweet, candy canes are undeniably an inherent part of the holiday season. Peppermint in general is a popular holiday flavor (although you can easily enjoy it all year round), and the peppermint candy cane is about as Christmas as it gets! Love ’em or hate ’em, here is everything you could ever want to know about candy canes:

Candy Sticks
The classic peppermint flavor of the candy cane has been around for 600 years, but the original candy canes were just straight sticks, like a real walking cane. In 1640, a German choirmaster decided to change things up by curving the shape to look more like a shepherd’s staff, resulting in the candy cane shape we all know and love today.

Around the same time candy canes seem to have gotten their many other food items (like cookies, fruits, candies, and other such things) started to be used to decorate Christmas trees in Germany, where the Christmas trees tradition started. It’s possible the crook shape was chosen simply because it was easier to hang them that way.

Since candy canes were made by hand, they were sold out of local candy shoppes. It wasn’t until the 1950s a Catholic priest named Gregory Keller invented a machine that could make candy canes with the curve automatically.

White Canes
Even though the red and white stripes is quintessentially tied to peppermint candies, candy canes did not get their iconic stripes until 1900! Before that they were just plain white. No one is quite sure why the red stripe was initially added in, some say it was candy maker Bob McCormack in the 1920s, but you won’t catch anyone here complaining!

Candy Canes in the US
The candy cane was first introduced to America in 1847 by a German-Swedish immigrant named August Imgard. The US even has a National Candy Cane day on December 26, so don’t eat them all on Christmas!

How Many?!
Each year about 1.76 billion candy canes are made and 90% of candy canes are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In fact, candy canes are the number one selling non-chocolate candy in the month of December. The biggest single week for candy cane sales is the second week in December; my guess is people stock up on them before Christmas to decorate their tree, bring to parties, and pack as snacks. Since each candy cane has only 55 calories and no fat it’s actually a fairly “safe” holiday treat!

The Biggest Candy Cane EVER
Geneva pastry chef Alain Roby broke his third Guinness World Record by creating the world’s longest candy cane in 2012, measuring at 51 feet long. The previous record was 38 feet. Roby also holds world records for the tallest cooked sugar building and tallest chocolate sculpture.

Did you know? Our Christmas Stocking Gift and our Season’s Greetings Holiday Snack Gift both include a Hammond’s candy cane!

5 Fun Facts About Candy Canes While they may not be your favorite holiday sweet, candy canes are undeniably an inherent part of the holiday season. Peppermint in general is a popular holiday