Halloween is not only about spooky things, candies, nor trick-or-treating, several countries greet Halloween with some treats. It’s become a tradition for some countries to serve certain food on the night of Halloween.
Candy isn’t the only thing you serve to family, friends, or neighbors. These five treats from around the world should be on your baked list.
Guagua de pan, Ecuador
This sweetened baby-shaped bread decorated with colourful frosting has been a part of the Day of the Dead tradition in Ecuador. You can find guagua de pan in Ecuador around the week before November 2nd, which means, at the end of October, including on Halloween night. Usually, guagua de pan is served together with colada morada, a traditional drink made of spiced berry and purple corn.
Soul Cakes, England and Ireland
These round cakes taste sweet with the touch of some spices like allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. It is topped with some raisins which makes the taste just balanced with the spices. In the Middle Ages, this cake was given to those who went door-to-door saying prayers for the dead on All Saints Day or All Souls’ Day, which may become the forerunner for today’s trick-or-treating.
Saints Bones, Spain
Sweet treats called huesos de santo in Spain are usually served on November 1st as part of All Saints Day, made of ground almond and sugar, once mixed into marzipan paste. The treat is filled with thick yellow paste that is made of egg yolks and sugar. But nowadays, saints’ bones come up with various fillings.
Pan dei morti, Italy
This Halloween cookie is often called Fave dei morti or Ossei dei morti (“Beans of the Dead” or “Bones of the Dead”), made of almonds and covered with sugar. It’s served on All Souls’ Day on November 2nd in Italy.
Candy apples, United States
Halloween wouldn’t be complete without candy apples in the US. Just like its name, the apples are covered in a sugar mixture that is made of corn syrup, water, cinnamon, and red food coloring. These candy apples are also a symbol to thank the timely apple harvest, there’s no shortage of them.