“Hansel and Gretel” is an old German folktale, which was published by the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in 1812. It is believed that the story may have originated during the Great Famine (1315-1321) when there was rampant cannibalism and a mass abandonment of young children to fend for themselves. The story is basically about the vulnerability of children to malice and their needing to use their wits to overcome and survive. I guess it also serves as a warning that, as my father always said to me, if something is too good to be true then it probably is. In other words, stay away from candy houses-they mean trouble!