I grew up with this ditty and now my kids are coming home singing it too:
“Dip the apple, in the honey, make a bracha loud and clear. L’Shana Tova Umetukah, Have a happy sweet new year!”
What is the significance of honey? What is the significance of an apple? Nothing in Judaism is “just because”. Every tradition has been honored through the generations and has deep meaning. We eat sweet foods to express our fervent desire that the new year should be sweet with goodness and happiness. We customarily refrain from sharp, bitter and sour foods to keep this theme of sweetness at the fore. The reason we specifically use the apple is quite deep and esoteric and a number of interesting reasons are brought down on Aish.com’s website (http://www.aish.com/h/hh/rh/guide/Apples_and_Honey.html)
Here at Only Kosher Candy (www.onlykoshercandy.com) we take the business of apples and honey very seriously. Wishing family and friends a happy Jewish new year shows our loved ones that we value our relationship and wish them only future goodness and happiness. This is portrayed with our selection of sweet holiday gift packages. I will highlight a few here in this blog, please visit our website for a full listing of Rosh Hashana gift baskets.
The Apple Shaped Honey Basket is only $21.50 and includes a gold filigree apple shaped basket filled with artisan honey from Savannah Bee. The filler candies are honey flavored chewy salt water taffies. A truly tasteful and appropriate way to wish Happy New Year.
If you’re more of a country style person then this next gift basket is for you.
Beautifully displayed in a red bucket are: Savannah Bee’s Wildflower Honey, Matt’s Munchies apple flavored snacks and Apple look-alike gumballs. All wrapped up and ready to go with a wooden honey dipper included.
If you’re looking for something a little different, then this whimsical bee motif jute bag is for you. A three compartment bag with wooden handles displaying Savannah Bee’s Honey for Tea, Dried Kiwis and Jelly Fruit Slices. Priced at $25 you can send one to your in-law’s, your librarian and your doctor and spread the good wishes.
There are plenty more baskets in all price ranges to be found on Only Kosher Candy’s website http://www.onlykoshercandy.com. In addition to the extensive selection, the prices are low and the service is high. Wishing you and your family a new year full of health, happiness and peace.