Hansel and Gretel are characters in a fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. The fairy tale was published in the 19th century in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It has been a very popular fairy tale ever since, influencing multiple cultural phenomena.
The fairy tale depicts a brother, Hansel, traveling to an abandoned forest together with his sister Gretel. Where they find a house made of gingerbread, cake, and other kinds of candy. Inside they meet a witch, a cannibalistic witch. The witch intends to fatten the siblings by feeding them candy so she can consume and savour the children. However, after Gretel manages to outwit the witch, the siblings can escape with the witch’s treasure and return home. The end.