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#SwedishChristmas: How one Swedish woman influenced the candy cane

Little known outside Sweden, Amalia Eriksson is the woman responsible for the popularization of the distinctive red-and-white-striped peppermint candy stick known as polkagris. Photo: Anna Hållams/TT

Published: 16.Dec.2018 06:59 hrs

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There’s a good deal of myth and misinformation surrounding the classic candy cane closely associated with Christmas. Undocumented and apocryphal origin stories abound, and have spread so widely thanks to social media that even fact-checking site Snopes has addressed the subject.

One thing is certain, however. Sweden claims an early and well-documented place in the history of the candy cane thanks to a woman named Amalia Eriksson.

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