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October 31, 2018
Chocolate-filled witches’ hats and other spooky treats

Yes, Halloween isn’t a Greek tradition. But, it has to do with…sweets. And when something has to do with desserts, it can become a matter concerning everyone – or at least, people that love desserts and want to discover new, playful recipes like the ones that I have for you right here in this Diary! However, before we get to the recipes, what would you think if we took a look at some interesting and…strange facts regarding the tradition of Halloween (which is celebrated on 31st October)? Which are these? Let’s see…

  1. Black and orange are two colors directly linked to Halloween. But, what do they symbolize? Orange symbolizes the vigor, strength, and stamina, while along with gold and brown, they represent the harvest and fall season. Black is considered to be a symbol of death and darkness, and it is used to remind us that Halloween has been a festival which signaled the boundaries between life and death.
  2. Halloween is the second most profitable commercial holiday after Christmas. Every year, millions of people spend a significant amount of money in order to buy costumes, house decorations, and countless candy.  
  3. In Scotland, in the olden days, they used to say that if you hang a sheet in front of a fire on Halloween night, you’ll see the image of your future husband…
  4. According to pumpkinnook.com, the largest pumpkin that has ever been recorded until this day belongs to Mathia Willemijn from Germany and weighs a little more than 1 ton! When was it recorded? In 2016. The largest pumpkin                                   Photo: pumpkinnook.com                                           
  5. The full moon may be directly linked to Halloween, however, it is rare to have a full moon at this specific night. Specifically, there was a full moon on Halloween night in the years: 1955, 1974, and 2001. The next expected full moon on 31st October? In 2020!
  6. In the olden days, people who celebrated Halloween did not carve pumpkins. They carved turnips. These supposedly represented the Jack-o’-lantern, whose story you can find here.

Do you want to live in the rhythm of Halloween, too? Then, all you have to do is to take a look at the following lines! There, I have for you some unique treats, inspired by the specific holiday which, if you want, you can make along with your children! The only thing that you’ll need is to take a look at the recipes, gather the ingredients, and set the sweetest and…most spooky pastry lab!

Pumpkin meringues

Pumpkin meringues by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Chocolate-filled witches' hats

Chocolate-filled witches' hats by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Spooky meringue ghosts

Spooky meringue ghosts by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Ghost cupcakes

Ghost cupcakes by Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

 

Lastly, if you want, you can always carve your own pumpkin, and then, you can turn it into amazing treats. Click here, to get even more delicious ideas!

Akis

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