Here at Zoomget, not only do we offer an array of food-grade disposable nitrile, vinyl, and latex gloves, but we also look for creative ways to use them. With trick-or-treating around the corner, what better way of utilizing disposable gloves than by preparing delicious Halloween snacks from around the world? Surprise your neighbors with these five unique treats that will make them want to come back for more!
American Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin pie is similar to a custard pie or a cheesecake in that you want to make sure you have a good base when baking — AKA the crust has to be sturdy enough to withstand all the juicy, gooey filling! That said, the secret to a good pumpkin pie is using freshly picked pumpkins. The filling is less likely to be bland, and you won’t need as much sugar, salt, and spices to bring out the pumpkin flavor. Drop by your local pumpkin patch a day or two before Halloween—just be sure you’re equipped with a good pair of nitrile gloves to keep your hands protected when harvesting.
Pan de Muerto from Mexico
A traditional Mexican Halloween bake prepared in the days leading up to Día de los Muertos, is Pan de Muerto, a glazed sweet bread that translates to “bread of the dead.” It comes either as a loaf or bun, adorned with strips of dough resembling bones. It’s often topped with round lumps of dough that look like teardrops. Vinyl gloves will come in handy when preparing this dish, especially for maneuvering through the intricate details. It also typically includes anise seeds and orange peel, sprinkled with sugar after glazing. Don’t forget to pair it with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate for a savory experience.
Toffee Apples from United Kingdom
Did you know candy apples have been around for over a hundred years? Their origins offer a rich variety, coming from different countries such as Australia, Brazil, Japan, and the United States. Similarly, the United Kingdom offers a candy apple made specifically with toffee and is often associated with and eaten during Halloween in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as during Bonfire Night in England and Wales. Toffee apples are best made in the fall season since apple trees yield their most flavorful crops during this time of year. A fresh apple is key to getting the most out of this treat. If you’re particularly concerned about its stickiness, we recommended using food-grade nitrile gloves that are thicker than most poly and vinyl gloves. When handling hot liquids try heavy duty nitrile gloves, allowing you to handle and decorate toffee apples with relative ease.
Saint’s Bones from Spain
Saint’s bones is a traditional finger-shaped treat usually prepared and eaten on the first day of November, which is also known in Spain as All Saints’ Day. The name comes from its visual appearance—a sweet treat with a white bone exterior made of marzipan paste, while its interior hides a sticky yellow filling made of egg yolks and sugar. In recent times, the filling has been customized to include chocolate, coconut, cream, and similar sweet ingredients in place of the traditional beaten egg yolks and sugar. Since preparing this dish will require the marzipan paste to be hand rolled into tubes, form-fitting latex gloves prove themselves useful in wrapping and ensuring the tasty filling is sealed shut.
Suman from the Philippines
Suman is a type of Philippine rice cake usually served during holidays that ban eating pork such as All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Often steamed in banana leaves, it’s made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, usually served in palm leaf wraps with a pinch of sugar to taste. The art of wrapping suman is notable for using a wide variety of indigenous materials such as palm and banana leaves, as well as coconut shells and bamboo tubes. Wrapping suman can be done in three ways—simple folds would result into a rectangular suman, while vertical coils would give it a tubular form. The third type of fold results in a pyramid-like shape, most likely inspired by a similar Chinese dish called Zongzi. Transitioning from one wrapping style to another is easier done by using vinyl gloves designed for frequent glove changes. They keep your hands free from the rice’s stickiness, too.
Whether you’re in the mood for something American or Filipino, wearing disposable gloves while preparing these yummy snacks is a must! Keep your hands protected and your household safe this fall with Zoomget. Choose from a wide variety of nitrile, latex, and vinyl disposable gloves from brands such as 1st Choice, Gloveworks, AMMEX Professional, and X3.