I've never been a fan of candy canes, though I think they are cool looking and a neat holiday icon. I just don't like peppermint.
I-Mockery has an awesome column about the trend of unusual flavors in candy-cane land. Some, such as chocolate-mint, seem like a natural evolution. But others seem like weird candy brands trying to get into a new industry -- they have candy canes now in Starburst strawberry, Jolly Rancher fruit Smoothie flavor, Lifesaver tropical fruits, Sweet Tarts, Spree, and Everlasting Gobstopper.
If you could take those flavors back a couple decades and hand them out at Christmas, people would be freakin'.
Apparently there are candy-cane Pop Rocks now, too. Wild.
Snopes.com debunks the urban legend (one I'd never heard of) that candy canes were created to symbolize Jesus, shaped like a J and with white symbolizing His purity, red His blood.