The Top 8 Hanukkah Foods

December 11, 2023
Rachel Goldstein

Davie, Florida, United States

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Ranking the best Hanukkah foods can be subjective, as individual preferences and family traditions vary. However, here’s my ranking:

1. Latkes (Potato Pancakes): Latkes are often considered a staple Hanukkah dish. The crispy outside and the smell of them cooking. The fried potato pancakes symbolize the miracle of the oil lasting eight days. They can be enjoyed with various toppings like applesauce or sour cream. The best is applesauce, though!

2. Sufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts): Deep-fried and filled with sweet jam, sufganiyot represents the sweetness of the holiday. The tradition of eating foods fried in oil during Hanukkah represents the oil miracle. It is also best with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top.

3. Brisket: For Hanukkah feasts, a flavorful centerpiece is slow-cooked brisket. It is popular due to its rich flavors and tenderness, and the slow cooking method is symbolic of the perseverance and hard work honored throughout the celebration.

4. Matzo Ball Soup: Comfort food like matzo ball soup is ideal for staying warm in the winter. This meal, with its rich broth and airy matzo balls, is a favorite during Hanukkah celebrations.

5. Rugelach: These tasty pastries are a lovely Hanukkah treat since they are flavorful and flexible. Flaky dough and sweet fillings combine to bring a little delight to the celebrations.

6. Gelt: Chocolate gelt, though not a major course, brings a playful touch to Hanukkah festivities, particularly for kids. Giving and receiving gelt has been a custom since the 17th century.

7. Dreidel Cookies: Shaped like the traditional spinning top used in the dreidel game, these cookies add a festive touch to Hanukkah. These can also be customized and a fun activity to make as a game.

8. Challah: With its braided design, is a symbol of unity and togetherness. It's a staple bread for various Jewish occasions, including Hanukkah, and its slightly sweet taste makes it a favorite for festive meals.

Ultimately, the best Hanukkah foods are those that bring you joy and your family together. Hanukkah is a time for coming together, enjoying good food, and celebrating and remembering what we have been through as Jewish people. Happy Hanukkah!

Rachel Goldstein is a BBG from Gold Coast region, who loves to bake.

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