Halloween is a festival of fun and costume-wearing silliness. Around the world, people will be trick-or-treating and enjoying a collection of different food and snacks. Many of these snacks are based on what is seasonal at the time of year, while some have connections with the spiritual side of the festival. Here are five traditional Halloween foods from around the world, which you can enjoy at home.
Toffee apples are juicy apples coated with hard, crackly toffee. The toffee is made from sugar syrup that has been heated and then poured over the apples. Often enjoyed at fairgrounds in Europe, these sweet snacks are best enjoyed by kids and adults during the Halloween season. Granny Smith apples are supposedly the best and adding different toppings and sprinkles and can be fun for all ages.
Although Halloween is a time for trick-or-treating with the kids, it is also a time for adults to have some fun. A few drinks at a Halloween party is a common occurrence and with apples in season, a tasty option to enjoy is cider. Coming in many additional flavours, the often-sweet drink is a great way to add something fun to a punch or when served with fruit can be a special Halloween drink.
It’s not only Europe and America that have Halloween traditions—in China, they have taken the idea of toffee apples to a new level. Tanghulu is a Chinese candied fruit, which uses smaller slices of apple and a similar toffee-syrup coating. As well as apples you can enjoy cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges, strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, kiwis, bananas, or grapes.
There are many variations of this fruity tea bread that are famous in Europe. The original is an Irish recipe, which contains charms and are known as soul cakes. Outside of Ireland, they are named barmbacks, and normally they have a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin or a ring randomly inside them. If you get the ring, it means you will marry this year. If the pea, you won't. If the stick, then you’ll marry unhappily and argue. Finding the cloth means you'll be poor and the coin means you’ll be rich.
The famous root vegetable is synonymous with the Halloween season with many people carving scary images onto the big orange fruit. Original used to supposedly ward off evil spirts, pumpkins can now be used and enjoyed in a host of recipes. Pies, drinks, and even coffee can all be combined with the warm taste of pumpkin, which not only has a connection to the Halloween festival but also has some lovely autumnal flavours.