Halloween is here again, with spooky lanterns, fancy-dress parties, fireworks and trick-or-treating.
But sweets and parties aren’t the only things to look forward to at this time of year. Discover some popular Halloween foods with busuu – and try them yourself!
Candy apples (United States)
Perhaps the most well known snack associated with Halloween is the candy apple (or toffee apple). This is the time of year for the apple harvest, so there are always plenty around. The fruit is covered in sticky sugar syrup and sometimes rolled in nuts.
Bonfire toffee (United Kingdom)
Bonfire toffee is a popular sweet treat across the UK during Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night. The dark-coloured toffee is made from black treacle, butter and sugar. Homemade versions are often made in large sheets and broken up with a small hammer.
On All Hallows’ Eve, you might enjoy some freshly baked barmbrack (báirín breac in Irish), which is a type of fruit bread. Traditionally, various objects were baked into the loaf. Each one would have a different meaning for the year ahead for the person who found it.
Also known as a soul cake, pão-de-Deus (‘bread of God’) is a small, round treat eaten on All Saints’ Day (Dia de Todos-os-Santos) on 1 November. The ingredients include raisins, currants and spices such as ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
In Portugal, pão-de-Deus is given to children and the poor who go from door to door singing and saying prayers for the dead. Soul cakes are also shared out in other countries and this practice might be the origin of trick-or-treating.
Dolci dei morti (Italy)
Often called fave dei morti (‘beans of the dead’, due to their shape), these little chewy biscuits are eaten by many Italian families on All Souls’ Day (Commemorazione dei defunti) on 2 November. They are made with ground-up almonds, pine nuts, cinammon and lemon zest.
Pan de muerto (Mexico)
Traditionally baked in the days leading up to the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos), ‘bread of the dead’ is a soft, sweet bread roll. It’s sometimes decorated with bone-shaped dough on top and is eaten next to a loved one’s grave to celebrate their memory.
The simple recipe can also be flavoured with orange-flower water, anise seeds or other ingredients depending on the region. Some Mexicans shape the bread into different forms, such as angels.
Huesos de santo (Spain)
Long, white, tube-shape ‘saint’s bones’ are made from marzipan (an almond paste) and are eaten around All Saints’ Day or Día de Todos los Santos. They have various fillings and are often covered in syrup, and are enjoyed across Spain in general.
What do you eat at Halloween?
Do you eat any traditional (or not-so-traditional) foods where you live? Do you have a favourite recipe that you can share with the busuu community?
Let us know in the comments!