- 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.
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.
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.