All Hallows’ Eve Colonial Cake

Every year, Americans purchase 600 million pounds of Halloween candy; More than 10% of candy sales in the U.S. are made in anticipation of October 31st. While Halloween and candy have gone hand in hand for decades, All Hallows’ Eve has been celebrated long before mass-produced treats. In Colonial America, All Hallows’ Eve cakes were a holiday tradition which were believed to tell the future. These cakes were baked containing a ring, a coin, a small china doll and a thimble. According to the superstition, the person who discovered the ring in their slice of cake would marry in the next year. The coin was a sign the recipient would acquire great wealth in the future. Whoever found the small China doll would produce many children. Finding the thimble in the cake meant you would never marry. In Colonial times, unmarried women usually became seamstresses or spinners (which is what the term “spinster” is derived from). While the All Hallows’ Eve Cake is no longer a wide-spread tradition in the United States, these precognitive pastries can still be found in some southern states. 

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