This month’s theme for “Eat Around the World” will be candy. I chose candy because it’s October and I immediately think of trick-or-treating. It’s an annual Halloween tradition in the U.S. where children in costumes go around the neighborhood ringing door-to-door saying “trick-or-treat” asking for treats. Usually treats come in the form of candy. One year I received a toothbrush and another year I receive an apple — those homes quickly became the least popular places to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood.
I’m not sure if other countries do trick-or-treating. I don’t recall trick-or-treating in the Philippines.
When I travel, I buy candy. It’s my favorite souvenir. Candy is easy to carry on a flight and easy to share. I make little treat bags to give to family, friends, and coworkers when I return from my vacation. You don’t need to go to a souvenir store to buy candy, you can just go to a grocery store.
To be honest, I’m not a big fan of candy in the U.S. Most of them are major sugar bombs. Once in a while I do buy a Twix bar if I’m craving something sweet — usually this happens early afternoon shortly after lunch. Shortly after eating the Twix bar, I quickly regret it because I experience a sugar crash a couple of hours later.
As I have gotten older, I prefer more international candies. Living in a diverse city like Los Angeles where there are so many international grocery stores (Mexican, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Armenian, Filipino, etc.) makes it easy for me buy these types of candies. Tamarind-based candies are my favorite of candy — I love its complex tastes of sweet, sour, and salty. Growing up I found these tamarind candies in Mexican and Filipino markets. I would think one would find tamarind candies in an Indian market because the tamarind fruit originated in India.
It’s likely I’ll attempt in candy making this month. Otherwise you’ll probably find me looking for confections in an international market. As always, I’m curious about other candies around the world.
“Eat around the World“ is a monthly writing/photography challenge where I invite people to share a dish around a theme, ingredient, or technique. The theme for October is candy — it’s a virtual trick-or-treat! To participate you could either share your post in the comment box, pingback to this post, or tag “Eat Around the World.” Deadline is October 31st.