Halloween Special- Why do we celebrate with sweets and chocolates? 

Halloween Special- Why do we celebrate with sweets and chocolates? 

Halloween has become synonymous with trick or treating, more specifically, with sweets and chocolates.  Halloween is celebrated all over the world on the night of the 31st of October.  These celebrations now involve groups of children dressed up from ghosts and goblins to their favourite superheroes, knocking on doors trick or treating.

Historically, Halloween was celebrated to mark the harvest at the end of summer and the onset of the dark winter in Europe. Immigration then took the practice to the USA, who already celebrated Halloween with tricks, pranks and parties.  But both here and in the US, trick or treating as we know it really took off in the late 1930’s.  

In the early fifties,  a trick or treater could expect home-baked goods, fruits, toys or even money when they knocked on doors but as the practice became more popular, households began to purchase sweets and chocolates to treat their little visitors. Not only were sweets and chocolates delicious, but they were also safer as they were often individually packaged, more grabbable and less likely to be tampered with.

The switch to sweets and chocolate was of cultural, practical design, to easily share out lots of treats for neighbouring children. A massive change from the original Halloween traditions where treats were handed out to satisfy the discontented bellies of the visiting dead!

Whether you’re handing out tricks or treats this Halloween, make sure you're stocked up on some delicious treats… Don’t worry we won’t tell if you don’t share!

Take a look at our Halloween kits*  below:

  • Spooky Macaron Refill Kit The macarons are gorgeously flavoured with chocolate orange, but if orange is not your cup of tea, leave out the essence included in the kit.  Our chocolate this month is plant-based and macarons are naturally gluten-free so these treats are perfect for many dietary needs
  • Our NEW Halloween Bundle - Containing 2 kits and all the equipment you need to make 24 spooky Jack Lantern Macarons and a Pumpkin Pie. It’s National Pumpkin Day afterall on the 26th Nov!

This week we are also offering you 20% off site wide with Code SPOOKY20*! Take a peek at our website to see which treats tickle your fancy!

*Does not count for subscription products.

Happy Baking!

The Mon Dessert Team x

* All recipes can be adapted to a vegan diet using flax eggs, aquafaba and plant butter, cream and milk.

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