Thursday, October 17, 2013

Celebrate Halloween with candies from around the world!





Have you ever wondered what kind of candy you might find if you went Trick or Treating anywhere around the world? Well Little Passports and I have teamed up to bring you a little sampling of treats that you (or your kiddo's) might enjoy....

We've all heard the stories of All Hallow's Eve when "Spirits" supposedly come out and play tricks on you - but did you know that actually Halloween was originally celebrated by the Celts to celebrate the end of Summer and the beginning of Winter on November 1st which was the beginning of their New Year?

With Little Passports, which teaches kids about world culture and US history, you can learn about what types tasty treats are found in countries around the world, and the recipes to make them! Let's go on a little worldwide trip and do a little trick or treating of our own - virtual style! At the last house I've included a recipe that you might find for a treat to make at home!

At house #1 you receive a

One of the most popular candies in Australia is Violet Crumble. The name (as well as the wrapper color) was inspired by the chocolatier’s wife, whose favorite flower was the violet. This tasty treat is a chocolate bar with honeycomb toffee inside. 

At house #2 you receive some 

In Brazil you might try Brigadeiros. These little chocolate bon bons, were created in Brazil in the 1940s to support a candidate’s campaign who was running for President. This no-bake gooey, chocolatey, caramel-y treat is super easy to make!
At house #3 you try a couple

People in Sweden, as well as other Nordic countries, enjoy a type of candy known as “Saltlakritsis”. It is a black licorice candy that many say tastes salty!

At house #4 you get a box of

In Mexico kids might receive Pulparindo. This is a popular, spicy candy in Mexico. It's made from the pulp of tamarind fruit, as well as sugar, spices and chili peppers.  

At house #5 you get a little baggie filled with


Hungary’s version of the popular M&Ms candy is called Francia drazs√©. These are small chocolates coated in colorful shells, and are believed by many to be “the original M&Ms”. 


Lastly at house #6, you visit South Africa and when you knock on the house at the end of the block, you get a couple of yummy Chocolate Crunchies

Since you aren't likely living in South Africa I have a recipe to share with you and you & your kiddos can try making up some to share with your friends!

Chocolate Crunchies 

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 cup oats
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup margarine
2 tbsp syrup
1 tsp baking soda 
     
Ingredients for icing:
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp milk

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients for the crunchies, except for the baking soda.
3. Melt the butter and syrup together. Mix in the baking soda.
4. Combine the dry and wet ingredients, mix well.
5. Press into a medium sized greased baking pan, about 10 by 8 inches. Use the back of a spoon to press the mixture together and smooth the top.
6. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 F.
7. In a bowl, mix together the icing ingredients.
8. Put in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes, until the mixture is smooth.
9. Pour the hot icing over the hot crunchies to cover their entire surface. 
10. Cut into squares when cool.
 
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Disclaimer: I was contacted by Little Passports and offered the recipe and candy descriptions to share with you in exchange for a Passports Adventure to share with my kiddos and to review here on CCB. Thanks for reading!


5 comments:

  1. This is so neat, thanks for sharing. I will have to try this recipe too

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  2. great post! My sister loves violet crumble so much she ordered some from Australia! They used to sell it here years ago

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  3. This is so interesting, and I feel rather silly because I thought Halloween was pretty much only celebrated in the US. Thank you for sharing the cool info.

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    1. Nope it's worldwide now - I've heard of Japan & Ireland/Scotland and England for sure. Australia too I think. This was a sponsored post and they were sharing different candies you might find around the world - and I twisted it into a virtual trick or treat post.=D

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  4. What a fun concept - thanks for sharing!

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