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Discover the history of the alfeñiques and other sweets of the Day of the Dead

24 mayo, 2021

In the offerings of the Day of the Dead there are some figurines that catch our attention: the weaklings. These are artisan candies listed year after year along with traditional November 2nd food and decorations.

Today we tell you more about the alfeñiques and other typical Mexican sweets of the Day of the Dead that cannot be missing in your offering. You’ll be surprised.

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History of the weaklings

The word alfeñique comes from the Arabic, which literally means “sugar paste”, and which is used to make traditional sweets.

The alfeñiques are a syncretic phenomenon that merges indigenous customs and techniques with the contributions of the Spanish during the Conquest, who inherited Arab customs.

This tradition dates back to the Aztecs, who previously made figures for their offerings made of amaranth and other edible pastes.

It is a custom to eat them on the days around November 2, and the most popular are the sugar skulls that are adorned with the names of deceased people.

Skull-shaped splints have their origin in the Tzompantli, a pre-Hispanic altar decorated with the skulls of warriors who fell in battle.

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