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Catrina Chocolate Skull Mold

Original Mini sugar skull mold

Flat backs
Shapes are approximately
2.7 " h x .6" thick

Catrina C4405 $9.50

About our Catrina Mold

The Catrina molds are our most popular chocolate mold!

The design originated from the famous woodcut broadsheets of Mexican artist, Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852 - 1911). The catrina exemplified the rich French women living in Mexico during the oppressive dictatorship called the Porfiriato (1890 - 1910 when the Revolution began). She represented the excess and privilege afforded the Europeans over the Mexican peasant class. She always is depicted with an ostrich feather hat, fancy dress, cigarette holder, long painted finger nails, high heels and a feathered boa.

Beautifully decorated chocolate candies on a piano keyboard made from our Catrina candy mold catrina catrina

Beautifully decorated Catrina chocolates from Angus.fr

Tips

  • Use the catrina mold for chocolates. She doesn't do well as a sugar skull mold as the hat definition doesn't show up well. Dark chocolate looks exceptionally good when burnished with the Aztec Gold luster dust.
  • Chocolate making instructions. Remember, when making molded chocolate easy, if you're making more than six chocolates, you'll need several molds.
  • A nice Day of the Dead wedding favor would be a catrin and catrina, gold burnished, packaged in a cello bag tied closed with colorful ribbons. Sure beats the Jordan almonds! Add a little dash of vanilla and cinnamon to your melted chocolate to make them a little more "Mexican".

Facts - Use the Catrina mold with plaster of paris to make cool refrigerator magnets that you can paint with acrylic paints and glitter pens. These make very nice stocking stuffers for the Day of the Dead lovers on your Christmas list!

See Chocolate Skull Instructions for more information on using these molds.

Day of the Dead chocolates

Significance of the Catrina

Many people ask about the significance of the Catrina as she shows up a lot in folk art for Day of the Dead. The history of the Catrina dates back to the famous woodcuts from Jose Guadalupe Posada, who printed political satire newspaper illustrations during the Mexican Victorian period (1890 -1910) This period of Mexican history was called the Porfiriato, as the dictator ruling Mexico was President Porfirio Diaz. Because he loved everything European and especially French, he tried to redesign Mexico in the French style. During his reign of heavy handed, dictatorial power, the European blooded Mexican rich became richer and the indigenous Mexican became oppressed and poorer.

Posada wanted to fuel opposition to the Porfiriato regime with his artwork and tried to elude the newspaper censors by masking the atrocities of the Porfiriato by symbolizing them as skeletons dressed in French finery... thus the creation of the "Catrina"... a wealthy, fancy French woman in her expensive silk dress, feathered boa, big hat, high heels and accoutrement. The Catrin is her fancy, dressed-in-excess companion. People delight in the Catrina image now as it's synonymous with Day of the Dead.

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