The Candy Cane Story! A candy maker began with a stick of pure white, hard candy, which symbolizes the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus. The hardness is the solid rock and the firmness of the promises of God. He then formed the candy into the shape of a "J" for Jesus our savior and good shepherd. He stained it with three small, red, stripes representing the scourging Jesus received prior to his crucifixion for our healing. He added one large red stripe to represent the shedding of his blood on the cross for our salvation.