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Sugar Art - Decorated Sugar Skulls


Authentic Decorated Mexican Sugar Skulls

Authentic Sugar Skulls from Mexico

These are authentic, very fancy, sugar skulls that I brought back from the Sugar Skull Fair (Feria de Alfinique) in Toluca, Mexico.

They are treasures for any collector or a delight to decorate any ofrenda. They are finely decorated with metallic tin foils, sequins and intense colored icing.

Limited quantities!

Our mascot Bengal cat Tacuba with one of her favorite decorated sugar skulls

Mounds of fabulously decorated sugar skulls are on display for competition and sale at the Feria de Alfinique in Toluca before Day of the Dead. Over 150 local artisan families exhibit the traditional candy traditions of Mexico.

Boiled sugar that is molded in clay skull molds are the norm but the few that decorate in fine detail take center stage. Sugar skulls are to be kept as folk art - not to be eaten.

pile of Catrina sugar skull, Mexico
Man carrying a plate of decorated sugar skull made in Mexico Catrina sugar skull

Decorated Catrina Sugar Skull

The catrina is an iconic symbol of Day of the Dead, who was originally drawn in woodcut by Jose Guadalupe Posada back in the early 1910's. These difficult to make sugar skulls are painstakingly decorated with colored icing, doo-dahs, rick rack and feathers. Made by master sugar candy makers of Mexico, these are very special sugar skulls to adorn the home ofrendas. The fancier the better the offering! This probably would be placed on an ofrenda honoring a woman rather than a man. Approx. 4 1/2" tall. Mexico
A1326 $38 each

Traditional Mexican Sugar Skulls

Just in - new shipment of beautifully decorated sugar skulls. These authentic Mexican sugar skulls are colorfully decorated and ready to adorn any ofrenda.

Sugar skull making is a tradition passed on from generation to generation. These boiled sugar confections are the "real deal", true folk art, made by artisans in fewer and fewer places each year. If kept dry, they look beautiful for years!

Made in Mexico

Traditional Mexican Sugar Skulls
Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #0 - 1" high x 1" deep
A4055 $18 / dozen (out)

Sugar skulls date back to the Colonial period in Mexico where they represented a departed soul. Skulls were personalized with names written in icing by the market salesperson. Skulls adorn home altars and cemetery tombs and are a festive icon of the holiday!

Note - These are for decorative use ONLY, not to be eaten!!
(Sizes are approximate.)

Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #1 - 1" high x 1 1/2" deep
A4056 $24 / 6 (out)
Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #3 - 2" high x 2" wide x 2 1/2" deep
A4057 $10 each
Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #5 - 2 1/2" high x 2 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" deep
A4058 $18 each
7 sizes of beautifully decorated, authentic sugar skulls made in Mexico.
Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #7 - 3 1/2" high x 3" wide x 4" deep
A4059 $26 each
Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #8 - 5" high x 4" wide x 6" deep
A4060 $45 each
Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #9 - 7" high x 6 1/2" wide x 8 1/2" deep
A4061 $85 each (out)
Back row, left to right - #9, #8, #7, #5, #3
Front row, left to right - #1, #0

UNDECORATED Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #5

2 1/2" high x 2 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" deep

A4062 $30 / 6

3 undecorated traditional Mexican sugar skulls

These are "street quality" that are made in Toluca, Mexico and they are what are made to sell to the folks celebrating Day of the Dead in the State of Mexico. That means they are irregular, a bit crooked and not perfect museum quality miniatures.

The 1" skulls have up to 7 bright colors and are very cute with their sequin eyes and strips of colored tin foil on their foreheads, just like the traditional large sugar skulls have. We rarely get sugar skulls imported and even rarer that we find a sugar skull maker willing to make us such precious, tiny little works of art.

beautifully decorated Metepec sugar skulls Array of 5 sizes of beautifully decorated Metepec sugar skulls mbeautifully decorated Metepec sugar skulls
Size 5 Metepec Decorated Sugar Skull
Approx. 4" deep
A1241 $20 each

Metepec Sugar Skulls

Beautiful. handmade & hand-decorated. These fancy, frilly ornate sugar skulls were made by a famous sugar workshop in Metepec, Mexico.
Size 4 Metepec Decorated Sugar Skull
Approx 3" deep
A1240 $12 each
beautifully decorated Metepec sugar skulls 3 small beautifully decorated Metepec sugar skulls 4 very small beautifully decorated Metepec sugar skulls
Size 3 Metepec Decorated Sugar Skull
Approx. 2 3/4" deep
A1239 $8 each
Size 2 Metepec Decorated Sugar Skull
Approx. 1 3/4" deep
A1243 $4 each
Size 1 Metepec Decorated Sugar Skull
Mini, approx. 3/4" deep

  *Alfinique (al-fin-ee-kay) is a moldable, powdered sugar and egg white paste made in Central Mexico for sugar folk art.
5 multi-colored Alfinique long-legged sugar sheep Alfinique sugar coffins with pop-up calaveras

Sugar Alfinique Long Legged Sheep

Interesting sugar art traditional to Toluca, Mexico used for ofrenda decorations. No one can tell us WHY they always make long legged sheep and deer.... It's a holdover from the Colonial Period. Assorted colored sheep. 3" tall. Mexico
A1138 $18 each (out)

Alfinique Sugar Coffins with Pop-up Calaveras

Traditional sugar toy from Mexico. These were hand carried back from Toluca and are in great shape for any collector. Assorted colors. Mexico
Very limited quantities
Medium 4" A1139 $9 each
Large 6" A1140 $12 each (out temporarily)

Comrade sugar skeleton figurine

Comadre Sugar Figurine

These amazing pieces of sugar are are hard to find! They are detailed with necklaces, feathers, netted hats, fans and hand bags! They are little, but extremely great folk art made entirely of sugar! This is the classic "alfinique" that is different than the boiled sugar skulls, as it's powdered sugar, combined with the secret powder of "chautle" and egg white. It's molded like clay and tinted with paste food colors.

These 3-D figurines exemplify the culture of women going to market in their best clothing, and chatting & gossiping with one another. So, this is a very popular piece of sugar folk art bought to place on the ofrenda of a mother, aunt or grandmother! Each piece is unique and hand made with lots of love! 5.5" high x 3" wide x  2" deep. Mexico

A2015 $26 each (out temporarily)

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