Posada time is here and also all of the festivities that come along with it. From Dec.16th to Dec. 24th posadas are celebrated each night in Mexico. Many Mexican/Americans celebrate here in the states as well, including me and my family. At posadas you eat a variety of food, drink ponche, light candles, sing songs, and crack pinatas open. One of the main things I used to love about going to a posada as a kid was the breaking of the pinata filled with cookies, peanuts, citrus (tangerines or mandarins), colacion, and other Mexican candy. I also remember the host would give away posada bags filled with the same treats from the pinata to the adults. These bags are called “aguinaldos.” The idea of the aguinaldos is that no one is left without receiving the benefits of the piÝata or sharing in the joy of the feast. Now as a adult I make sure to prepare lots of posada bags for my holiday party. I appreciate it and so do all my friends and family. Here’s what you need (well, at least what I use):
I absolutely adore this little chewing gum…it comes in a wide variety of flavors. Try it in Anis, Rum, or Cinnamon. How’s that for yummy chewable flavors to freshen up with?
2. Roasted Peanuts
I use roasted peanuts that are slightly burned on the shell.
Every posada bag must have citrus in it. Tangerines or mandarins are even put into the pinata.
Peanut candy mazapan style then dipped in chocolate….oh yeah! I would love to find this in my aguinaldo.
Colacion is a collection of Mexican hard candy. The spiky ones have a anis center that is fantistic! You can’t make a posada bag without a scoop of colacion in each.
A wide variety of nuts can be used but I use pecans for my bags.
7. Animal Cookies
Plain animal cookies are a must have in a posada bag.
8. Cajeta (Goat’s Milk Lollipops) Paleton
Goat’s milk lollipops are perfect as a little cajeta treat.
When you’ve got everything gathered, place little scoops of each item all in a bag and then tie with a bow.