What traditional holiday candy honors the dead?

Calaveritas de azúcar are skulls made of white sugar that are part of traditional Día de los Muertos celebrations throughout Latin America, according to the Smithsonian Latino Center. The Day of the Dead is not a day of grieving but a day to welcome the spirits of the deceased with food and flowers.

Dead? That’s no reason to miss the party!

Posted: 21 December 2012
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