What are some traditional foods for Dia de los Muertos?

In Mexico traditional Día de los Muertos foods include pan de muerto and sugar skulls which are also used as ofrendas for the altars and tamales, champurrado (thick hot chocolate), moles, etc.

What do you do with sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos?

Each sugar skull represents a departed loved one and is usually placed on an altar — an ofrenda — or even a gravestone as an offering to the spirit of the dead. Sugar skulls are often decorated with the person’s name.

Do people eat the sugar skulls on Day of the Dead?

During the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), sugar skulls are often used to decorate the ofrendas (offerings), and they are exactly what their name describes: skull-shaped sugar. There are some small sugar skulls, however, that are made with basic icing and are intended to be consumed.

How do you make Day of the Dead skulls?


  1. Mix the sugar, meringue powder and water together until all the granules of sugar are wet.
  2. Fill your skull mold with the wet sugar, pressing down on the sugar, compacting it as you go.
  3. Cut a piece of parchment paper and a piece of cardboard just a bit bigger than your mold.
  4. Your sugar skulls now need to dry.

What do you do with the food after Día de los Muertos?

Food is, as with any celebration, an integral part of the Día de los Muertos celebration. But food as an ofrenda is offered for the aroma, it is not believed that the foods are used or consumed by the spirits. The foods are eaten or given away by the living later, after their essence has been consumed.

What is the most popular food on the Day of the Dead?

Tamales are a favorite during Day of the Dead season and many other holidays and celebrations. This tamale pie is less labor intensive, but tastes just as great.

What do you put on a sugar skull?

Icing is the most important supply you will need to decorate sugar skulls. I highly recommend mixing royal icing with food coloring to get vibrant colors that you can apply to your sugar skulls. Royal icing becomes really hard when it dries and once dry, it lasts a long time without crumbling or disintegrating.

What should be on an ofrenda?

Photos and favorite objects: Ofrendas always include photographs of the deceased person(s) which in conjunction with the smells and colors of the flowers, candles and incense help the spirits determine where they should go to reunite and commune with their relatives.

What goes on a ofrenda?

How do you decorate a sugar skull for Day of the Dead?

Get as creative as youd like and use lots of bright colors on each skull for a dramatic appearance. Allow your sugar skulls to dry for several hours before using them as decorations for your Day of the Dead event. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico on November 2nd each year.

What is the recipe for Betty Crocker sugar skulls?

Ingredients 1 Betty Crocker™ gel food color 2 1/4 cup meringue powder 3 6 cups granulated sugar 4 1/3 cup water 5 7 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder 6 6 teaspoons water 7 1 pound powdered sugar 8 Royal Icing 9 Sugar Skulls (makes 4 medium 3-D skulls)

Why do people put sugar skulls on altars?

People gather to honor their deceased family and friends, and it’s tradition to handcraft brightly colored sugar skulls to place on altars and graves during the festive celebrations. Each skull is decorated using colored royal icing, although they can be decorated with beads, feathers, foils, and gems as well.

How do you make a royal icing skull cake?

Make royal icing. Beat together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until its shiny and will hold stiff peaks. Once your skulls are dried, spread a thin layer of royal icing on the flat part of the back side of each skull. Press the front and back sides together.