This week is filled with silly and scary costumes, pumpkins, ghostly tales, witches, goblins, and candy! Halloween starts to satisfy our sweet tooth in the early fall, and for many this sugar coated craving will last through the holidays.
Halloween Sweet Treats
Halloween began as a pagan ritual celebration at the end of each harvest season, October 31st. On this day, they would dress in ghoulish costumes to ward off the angry deceased that they believed would come back to cause trouble to farms and sickness to the living. The concept of trick or treating began about one hundred years ago when the Catholics allowed beggars to go door-to-door asking for food in exchange for prayers. Eventually the idea came to the US around the 1930’s becoming more popular thanks to the media and a popular cartoon made by Walt Disney.
Candy companies capitalize on the Halloween season, as it has become the second most commercial holiday of the year (Christmas holding tight as number one.) Americans spend an estimated $6 billion on Halloween annually, including candy, costumes, and decorations.
Other fun Halloween candy facts:
This Halloween more people are searching for gluten-free candy than sugar-free candy. Google searches for gluten-free candy are currently 20 percent higher than searches for sugar-free candy.
When bubble gum was invented, pink was the only food dye on hand.
If the candy corn kernels sold each year were laid end to end, they would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times.
Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a trick-or-treater’s loot.
The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy!
Candy Beyond Halloween
After October, we tend be spent on packaged Halloween candy, yet we still have the craving for sugared sweets and often that comes to us during the holiday season in the form of cookies, pies, and cakes. However, one delicious delight is often missing from the luscious line-up—homemade candy. Homemade candy is great addition to any dessert table, packaged in tins homemade candy makes a thoughtful gift anytime of the year, it ships to loved ones far away well, and also makes an ideal party favor. Homemade candy can be simple to make with a few inexpensive ingredients, or for the more patient in kitchen, it can be complex. When making homemade candy we see everything from rustic, to detailed and decadence. Try any of these to please your sweet palate and amuse your friends!