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decorated sugar cubes (and skulls) are popular in Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebration in early November, photo and drawing by author

















Sugar (cane) is not native to the New World, it was introduced by Columbus way back when. However, the agricultural grew well in the Caribbean and other places and so nowadays the sweet substance is available everywhere in many different forms. In early November, when Day of the Dead rolls around, painted sugar skulls and cubes are made and enjoyed by all, even the dead.

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