Chanuka

Spider Cupcakes

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My daughter’s 4th birthday is this week, and I decided that I was in the mood of spider cupcakes.  She wanted pink cupcakes with frosting.  I don’t know why I was in the mood of spiders, but they came out so adorable, that she actually forgot about the pink frosted sprinkle theme and was very excited about her spider cupcakes.

I think you will agree that these cupcakes take the cake in originality and cuteness.  They are really simple to make, and you can get all the candy you need from www. OnlyKosherCandy.com making them a cinch to make.

Step 1:

Make your favorite chocolate cupcakes from any chocolate cake mix or chocolate cake recipe. Allow to cool.

Step2:

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Make a chocolate icing, frosting or ganache, your choice.   While still wet, dip into a plate of chocolate sprinkles to give it that “hairy” look.

 

 

Step3:

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Cut a regular size white marshmallow (click here to purchase Kosher Fish Gelatin Marshmallows) in half so that you have 2 flat circles.  These are you eyeballs.  Cut a jolly rancher in half so you have 2 “pupils” (Click here to purchase Kosher Jolly Ranchers).   Attach the jolly rancher piece to the cut side of the marshmallow which will be sticky and easy to adhere to.IMG_0469

Using a small dot of icing, attach the marshmallow eyes to your sprinkle cupcake.

 

 

Step4:

Make 8 legs.  Using Eats n’ Crafts candy rope, (click here to purchase Kosher Eats ‘n Crafts Rope) cut each string into 8 pieces – or any desired length.  Use a wooden skewer to poke 4 holes on each side of the spider cupcake.  Insert you piece of rope candy into each hole.

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You’re done.  Delicious, Adorable, Original.

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Chanukah Gelt Chocolate Coins

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Chanukah, Hanukah, The Holiday of Lights…. Whatever you may call it, it’s right around the corner.  On the night of November 27th we light the first candle and the traditional gift giving ceremony takes center stage.  I don’t know about your houses, but my kids seem to think that  Chanukah is all about gifts.  On an  idealistic level I would like them to understand the history and meaning and beauty behind the holiday.   But let’s be realistic.  They want presents.  And their expectations get bigger and more ludicrous.  My son asked me for a cotton candy machine.  (huh?)  Where is he gonna keep it?  Upstairs  in his room on his desk?! I can see my dentist liking this post…

He wants to invite the neighborhood over  every afternoon for cotton candy.  I nixed that request pretty fast.  I suggested Monopoly instead.  He just rolled his eyes.  I guess I’m not staying current with what the kids nowadays find exciting!

What I have discovered after living for 14 years with children who want presents every Chanukah, is that I can never go wrong with chocolate coins.  Kids of all ages love getting that little mesh bag of coins (ok, ok, I admit to sneaking one for myself as well).

Here’s your dose of spiritual mysticism for the day:

What do coins have to do with Chanukah?  What’s the basis for the tradition of “Chanukah Gelt”? Read the rest of this entry »

Cyber Monday is Here at Only Kosher Candy!

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So whether you are looking for dreidels or chocolate chanuka gelt, know that you are getting the best deal for your buck at Only Kosher Candy!

Outlandish Dreidels

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Worlds Most Expensive Dreidel

World's Most Expensive DreidelThis diamond studded dreidel was specially made for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Dreidels are an ancient jewish spinning top that is used during the holiday of Hanukkah. The diamond studded dreidel is made of.96 carats of diamonds, hand-set in platinum and the diamonds are graded G/H in color and VS2/SI1 in clarity . The price? A mere $1,800!

What do Chocolate Coins have to do with Chanukah?

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Chocolate Chanuka Gelt

Hanukkah coins, or ‘Chanukah Gelt‘ (in Yiddish) refers to money as well as chocolate coins given to Jewish children on the festival of Hanukkah.

The custom dates back to the seventeenth-century practice of Polish Jewry giving money to their small children for distribution to their teachers. In time, money was also given to children to keep for themselves. Teen-age boys soon came in for their share.

According to popular legend, this practice has its roots in the miraculous victory of the Maccabees over the ancient Greeks. In celebration of their victory, the Hasmoneans minted national coins.

Parents often give children chocolate coins to play dreidel with. In terms of actual gelt (money), parents and grandparents or other relatives may give sums of money as an official Hanukkah gift. According to a survey done in 2006, 74 percent of parents in Israel give their children Chanukah coins

In Chasidic communities, the Rebbes distribute coins to those who visit them during Hanukkah. Chasidic Jews consider this to be an auspicious blessing from the Rebbe, and a segulah for success. The amount is usually in small coins.