Halloween recipe and a ghoulish story

Photos by Thomas Sangouard

Halloween.

It's sometimes funny, sometimes frightening, sometimes strange...but without a doubt, the Halloween candies always taste good.

Behind all the costumes, candies and pumpkins, there lies the strange story of Halloween...

A long time ago, Halloween was merely a celebration to symbolize the transition between the warm season to the cold season.  During this dark night, it was thought that all the dead, ghosts and ghouls, and the spirits of the night, would come back on the earth in order to haunt the living.  In 840AD, Pope Gregoire IV decided to establish the "the Day of the Dead" which was also known as, All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween).

One of the traditions which was started was the concept of the Jack o'lantern. To commemorate the legend ofthe Jack o’ lantern, who was said to be the man who gave his soul to the devil and doomed to walk in hell with a lantern, people from all around the world, would put a candle inside of a turnip. Many years later, the turnip was replaced by the pumpkin, because it was much easlier to hollow out.

Another Halloween tradition which started many years ago, much like the legend of the Jack o'lantern, is the tradition of trick or treating. During the dark nights many years ago,  the less fortunate people would knock on people's doors, asking for charity. If the people were kind enough to give them something, in return, they would be blessed ; but if they gave nothing, the beggers would curse them. That is why, nowadays, we say, "trick of treat!"

 Jus remember, i you don’t give out some good candies this year, the beware of the tricker or treaters who may leave you with a nasty surprise.

Nowadays, we don't hand out just anything.  During Halloween, we can find lot of different candies such as gummy candy, lollipops, spicy candy, candy coated, soft candy, bubblegum, chocolate candy... it's an adventure just picking out one!

Now that you know the story of Halloween, here's a simple recipe to make your own delicious Halloween treats.

This recipe makes flavored orange candies. You can substitute other juices to change up the flavours.

You will need different molds such as monsters, spiders, pumpkins, whatever you'd like. Dollarama or Michaels are both good places to pick up molds.

Halloween Candy

Ingredients:

  • 12 tablespoon sugar, separated
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 8 tablespoon corn syrup, separated
  • 8 tablespoon unflavored gelatin, separated
  • Food coloring, if you want

Preparation:

1. Prepare a pan by wetting it lightly with water.

2. Add 4 tablespoons gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water to dissolve for about 5 minutes.

3. Add the orange juice , 6 tablespoons sugar and 4 tablespoosn corn   syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.

5. Stir in the gelatin and continue stirring until gelatin dissolves.

6. At this point add food coloring if desired.

7. Pour the mixture into the mold of your choice.

8. Leave the mold until completely set, 4-6 hours at room temperature or 1 hour in the refrigerator.

 

Enjoy your Halloween candies.

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