What gets kids superbly excited when the leaves start changing colour i.e., when the fall arrives? It’s none other than the traditional Celtic festival of Halloween. This holiday did not arrive into the mainland of Bella Italia until the late 20th century when a group of young people decided to celebrate it in “American style”. A formerly known haunted bridge in Tuscany was chosen as the venue and since then it has become an intrinsic part of Italy’s culture. Every year, kids go outside in colourful and spooky costumes to get sugary Halloween treats from the neighbourhood.
While talking about Halloween, it is impossible to let the delicious and innovative food items go unrecognized that have grown significantly popular in Italy. And if you think it’s all about candies and desserts, let us correct you- from salty to savoury, there is everything. The various Italian brands that offer authentic Halloween sweets also deserve a special mention here like Perugina, Venchi, Sperlari, La Dolce Bellezza and so on.
Top 3 Spookiest Italian Food Items for Halloween
We cannot guide you on summoning the evil spirit on this holiday but these spooky Italian Halloween treats are something to look forward to. Spoiler: They can also be ideal for your Halloween sweet treats of the year!
Also known as Spritz flavoured apple pops, these are simply incredible if you are planning a traditional Halloween party this year. They have a sharp sweet taste from the caramel and inverted sugar syrup and have a dark red colour after being ready. You can put a stick on top and plate it for the guests to try them on.
It’s Halloween so pumpkin is an obvious inclusion. Made from sage, butter and a delicious pumpkin puree, these raviolis are going to be the most impressive appetizer for your scary Halloween party. It is a classic from Northern Italy that is also enjoyed during occasional winter dinners. You can also infuse a bit of sweetness in the stuffing for a fun twist. If you’re looking for Halloween sweet treat ideas and want something unique, try this. Among all the cream filled cookies and sweet candies, this will certainly stand out as something new.
Better known as bone-shaped Italian cookies, this tops all the spooky Halloween food ideas 2020. They were originally baked in Treviso and the term literally translates to ‘bones of the dead’. This is going to be a great addition to the Halloween gifts that you’ve planned this season. The best part about these cookies is that they are perfect for enjoying with both wine or milk.
All of these yummy delicacies can be very easily prepared at home with simple ingredients bought from the local bazaar.
How to Make a White Caprese Cake- Classic Italian Halloween Dessert?
If you’re bored with the same-old Halloween sweets like Anise candies and licorice, then try out this gourmet Halloween cake this year.
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
- 2 cups of finely ground almond or almond flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of molten white chocolate
- Melted butter
- A tablespoon of baking powder
- A dash of vanilla extract
Steps to Prepare
- Separate the egg whites from the yolk and beat the former with cornstarch and a pinch of salt until it turns fluffy.
- In a different bowl, add the white chocolate with all the other ingredients and whisk them well. This will be the dough of your cake and it must be delicate enough to form the airy and soft texture.
- Gradually, start adding the egg whites in this mixture by taking a tablespoon at a time and mix it properly.
- In a preheated oven (350 F), bake it for 30 minutes.
- Let it cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
To bring the ultimate white glaze, you can use honey and butter mixture. For spooky Halloween desserts, presentation is important. Decorate with thyme springs to reflect the spirit of Halloween!