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Sugar Skulls

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Make sugar skulls to celebrate the season of death.

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Each year in Mexico, and in many Hispanic communities around the United States, people celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) between October 31 and November 2. While it may sound a bit macabre, it's actually a joyful celebration, honoring the memories of those who have died in the past year. Today's Day of the Dead festivals are a blend of old Aztec tradition merged with modern Catholic beliefs. One of the most popular customs is that of sugar skulls, which are simple to make, and lots of fun to decorate! Make a batch of your own, and include them in your Samhain celebrations.


  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp meringue powder
  • 1 tsp water
  • Food coloring in your choice of colors
  • Icing


Blend the sugar, meringue powder, and water together, and then press into skull-shaped molds. You can get the molds at candy stores, or if you have a Hispanic marketa near you, that's an even better resource. Once the molds are filled, allow to dry for 24 hours or more.

Pop the skulls out of the molds, and put a thin layer of white icing over the skulls. Use the food coloring to decorate with bright colors -- for some great ideas of designs and patterns, check out the photo gallery at About Mexican Food: Sugar Skulls.

The above recipe makes about a dozen small sugar skulls, but you can adjust it accordingly to make more, or to make larger skulls.

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my 1st sugar skull, Member luna.lioness

In a pre-Samain celebration, my friends & I had a pig roast & after our meal we shared some creative moments where each of us created a sugar skull to honor a dearly beloved who had crossed the veil or for our ancestors in general. It was a very nice experience that gave us the opportunity to share some laughter & memories together while honoring those who came before us. My sugar skull was to honor my maternal grandmother Rosa, whom help raise me & was very dear to me.

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