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Friday, September 30, 2011

Where did Halloween come from?

Just so you know, I have a little contest going on on my Facebook Fairy Cakes Page. Each time I post something for Halloween, I let everyone vote whichever creation they like. At the end of all my entries, I will create the treats that had most votes. So if you'd like, you can join my group and facebook and vote :)

So far, the Witch's Punch is winning.

Anyways, getting to the point. Where did Halloween come from? Well, many different cultures and religions. In some areas, Halloween was a solem day devoted to Christian prayer. In Ireland and the British Isles, it was associated with witchcraft festivities. Others say it began from the Celtic festical Samhain, which signifies the end of summer (there was only Winter and Summer then). Also from the Roman celebration of Pomona, the APPLE queen. From the Pagan festivals of the dead, including the festivals devoted to the CORN mother. Others celebrated women's magic powers.

Since we keep seeing candied apples and candy corn, I decided that this was going to be my subject till next time.

Colored Candy Apples
As a little girl, I always remembered loving these. I would always eat the candy, and then loose my interest when I reached the apple. Growing up, I realized that the reason was that they never used hard apples, such as Granny Smith or Washingon or whatever other hard apple. They would use those mushy ones, and I don't care for mushy apples. So in this version, I would use colored candy melt on Granny Smith apples and dip them in sprinkles. Simple and healthy.

Candy Apple
Now these are the classic version, but the thing is I always remember this being a caramel taste. When I was browsing for recipes, i realized that they use cinnamon candy to make these. I thought I'd give it a try.

Candy Apple Punch
And this would be the liquid version. Again, with cinnamon.

Apple Cupcake
Even though this looks like an apple cupcake, it would be a chocolate cupcake with a chocolate topping, covered in either red frosting or red sugar paste. I think this will be fun making :)

I will stay here for the day, and I will add the Candy Corn by tomorrow. I don't want to put too much information out there at once :)

Let me know what you think.

I got my history points from The Element Encyclopedia od Witchcraft by Judika Illes.

1 comment:

  1. Liking the sound of the apple cupcake and wow factor decour, but I have to admit the candy apple punch has got my juices flowing.