As I learn more about Dia de los Muertos and more about Halloween, I’m more intrigued to celebrate Dia de los Muertos this year. But like all my other endeavors I can add “making candy skulls” to my long list of misadventures.
Some of you may know that I live in the Valley which is also inhabited by a lot of Hispanics. Yippee! Good culture and good food can be found in these parts than say some other parts of this country. Take a look at one of my favorite grocery stores for example: Rancho Mercardo or Ranch Market.
As my Tio Miguel has told me, if you have a great taco than even the sole of your shoe is a delectable meal. Didn’t understand this until I had a good tortilla. Handmade tortilla. But for not being handmade, this tortilla machine cranks out the best tortillas. Ever.
This is a documentary-style blog post. Did I really just got photo-bombed at :13? Yes and no, this isn’t a serious blog post.
Can you guess what Rancho Mercado did not have? Candy Skulls. Ingredients to make candy skulls. Tips on where I could go to find and make candy skulls. I mean, for crying out loud, they have a tortilla-making machine!
I needed about five ingredients. Sugar, meringue powder, food coloring and a skull mold. One was crucial. The mold. I spoke to the woman at the candy store — she didn’t know how I could make it and she didn’t have any to sell to me. I talked to the butcher and the fish monger. Nope and nope. I spoke to the baker who also just ran out of pan de muertos, which would have been great to have in celebration of Dia de los Muertos.
Rancho Mercado, I love you and your fantastic prices and fresh produce but why couldn’t you have come through for me on this one? They’re just tiny, little candy skulls.