Impress your squad with old-school Halloween goodies steeped in history and childhood nostalgia. How old-school are we talking about? Some of these go waaaay back.
1) Popcorn Balls
Corn as a foodstuff dates back thousands of years, but the history of the popcorn ball is a little harder to verify. One fanciful story cites a perfect storm involving a hot Nebraska cornfield, a rain-soaked sticky sorghum field, and a tornado. What we do know for sure is that a recipe for Pop Corn Balls appeared in E.F. Haskell’s Housekeeper’s Encyclopedia in 1861.
2) Caramel Apples
The official story is that a Kraft Foods salesman named Dan Walker came up with apples dipped in melted caramel back in the 1950s when he was trying to use up some extra caramel stock after Halloween. Dentists have blessed or cursed him ever since.
Rice Cereal Marshmallow Treats
Officially dating back to 1939, these marshmallow + crisp rice cereal + butter confections were invented by Kellogg’s employees Mildred Day and Malitta Jensen. Yes, you can cut them into crispy, sticky beige squares as originally intended, but you can also add color and bend this highly malleable mixture to your creative will.
Ancient native cultures in the Americas consumed nutrient-dense pumpkin seeds both raw and roasted as far back as 10,000 years ago. There’s no evidence that they sprinkled them with sugar and cinnamon, though.
The tradition of eating spiced soul cakes on All Hallow’s Eve dates back to the Middle Ages. Children would go door to door singing a ritual song in honor of the dearly departed, and collecting small, spiced cakes to eat. Just try giving out baked goods to trick-or-treaters today. Nope, nope, nope.