A chocolate maker from San Antonio in the spooky show “Halloween Wars”


Susana Mijares and her husband Nacho Aguirre always seem very busy when Halloween rolls around every year. It’s likely that cheaters in their neighborhood have realized that if they want more than the average bite-sized Snickers or Milky Way, the house where the owners of Délice Chocolatier and Patisserie live is probably the first qu they should visit.

“Normally we’ll do something like chocolate covered marshmallows or something that we know the kids will like,” Mijares told MySA in a recent interview. “We’re chocolatiers, so everyone knows they’re going to have something special with us.”

Mijares, who moved with his family to San Antonio from Torreón, Mexico, in 2009, is participating in season 12 of Halloween Wars on the food web. This is the fourth reality competition she has entered in the past five years. Mijares started on Spring Baking Championship in 2016 and was also featured on Best Baker in America in 2017 and Holiday Wars in 2021.

Aguirre has also participated in different shows and has been a judge in others. He won the grand prize of $50,000 on Spring Baking Championship two years after Mijares finished second. Determined to win it all, Mijares was excited for the challenge a Halloween-themed cooking contest could bring, especially since she never really included ghouls and goblins in her sweet art.

“The concept is different from anything I’ve done before because it’s Halloween,” she said. “It was a lot of scary stuff. I’m used to butterflies and flowers. But I loved doing it and learned a lot, too.”

Contestant Susana Mijares, seen in Halloween Wars, season 12.

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The first episode of the new season, which debuted last week, featured Mijares teaming up with two other chefs to form the team known as the Ghosty Gals. Their first task was to create an edible work of art that incorporated the voodoo history of New Orleans with the flavors of meringue buttercream and praline.

Mijares, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, got her first taste of what it was like to work in a team last year during Holiday Wars. Although she’s always been part of a husband-wife team at Délice, Mijares said it was a “totally different experience” when she competed on a big stage like the Food Network.

“When you do it individually, it’s all up to you,” she said. “So you just find a way to adapt when you have a talented group of people working with you. It’s about compromising and doing what’s best for the team.

With another reality show over, Mijares is grateful to have another opportunity to share her cooking skills with the world and show people that San Antonio is “more than just a town for great tacos and Mexican food.” .

“We also have great desserts,” she said. “I think San Antonio is well represented right now, and that fills my heart.”

The third episode (and last episode of the preliminary round) of Halloween Wars Season 12 airs Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. Mijares and her team Ghosty Gals will next be seen when they begin the main competition for the fourth episode on October 2 at 8 p.m.

You can watch the Halloween Wars trailer here:


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