...They're good for you!
Actually in our house growing up, these things lingered almost until Valentine's Day. By that time they were more like "peppermint taffy." Any chocolate-based candy usually didn't survive long after New Year's Day.
However, the peppermint in candy canes has medicinal properties, like settling an upset stomach. Another "medicinal treat" is peppermint patties (see 15 Dec post).
Here's the article discussing the latest holiday treat research:
Hmm. Chocolate has anti-oxidant properties, while peppermint kills bacteria and sooths an upset stomach. Who says holiday snacking is unhealthy?
In case you're courious about the origins of candy canes, here's another link:
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