Christmas candy poems are poems that relate Christmas to candy either through cheerful wishes or the telling of the Christmas story. The idea behind these poems is to attach a copy of the poem to the referenced candy and present it as a gift.
The most popular Christmas candy poems utilize candy canes, although other types of candy are also used. Candy poems are particularly popular among religious observers who desire to spread the Christian message concerning the birth of Christ. Though authors have been writing poems about candy as well as poems that reference candy in relation to Christmas for centuries, poems associating candy to the Christmas story or birth of Jesus seem to be a late 20th-century or even early 21st-century invention. However, no clear record exists of exactly when they first came into existence, as many are written anonymously.