The f lip side of the chocolate coin

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY GINA BEN­JAMIN

DI­BLE GELT, LATKES and fried fish — fes­ti­val food may seem tra­di­tional but kosher food spe­cial­ists are putting a new spin on our s e a s o n a l treats.

C h o c o - late coins have a fresh im­age at Kosher King­dom in Gold­ers Green. They’re avail­able not just in nets but in un­usual con­tain­ers such as can­dle boxes and trea­sure chests. There are also chocolate nov­elty bars, in­clud­ing party-sized as­sort­ments with Chanu­c­ahthemed wrap­pings. Drei­dls in­clude singing and filled de­signs, while you can find can­dles of ev­ery style, from hand-crafted to make-your-own kits, singing can­dles and ones with coloured flames. Menorot in­clude fun shapes such as Noah’s arks and sports-themed, with felt ver­sions for kids. And of course t h e r e are oil menorot too. Themed dis­pos­ables, from plates and cups to servi­ettes and cock­tail sticks (per­fect for spear­ing those mini latkes or fish­balls) are on of­fer, along with fes­tive-shaped ice cubes and cookie cut­ters. New in are Chanu­cah place

mats and there are also

New flavours from Ten Acre w i n d o w d e c o r a - tions and gar­lands, even Chanu­cah bibs. Games in­clude hardy wooden puzzles that will be played with long af­ter the eight days.

Kosher King­dom shop­pers can enjoy in-store pro­mo­tions and tast­ings, with fresh dough­nuts (cus­tard, caramel, chocolate, jam...) and latkes daily dur­ing the fes­ti­val. If you want to make your own latkes, you can buy pota­toes that are ready-peeled and cut (and grated, if you wish).

Su­per­vised snack-maker Ten Acre has four ad­di­tions to its hand­cooked crisps and pop­corn — the crisps now come in “Pastrami in the Rye” and “When the Pep­per Crack’d” flavours, while pop­corn gains “Lucia Pop­per­ley’s Cap­puc­cino” and “Cousin Pene­lope’s Straw­berry and Cream” va­ri­eties. The snacks are all gluten-, dairy- and MSG-free, ve­gan, ha­lal and kosher and the crisps are made us­ing Bri­tish pota­toes.

The com­pany has al­ready won Great Taste 2015 awards for its Am­brose Pop­per­ley’s Wasabi, Aunty Winifred’s Sweet and Salty, The Day Sweet and Sour Be­came Friends and When Hick­ory Got BBQ’d.

The crisps are also now avail­able in big­ger bags, for shar­ing.

Me Too Foods is launch­ing a sea­weed hum­mus. Sea­weed is a good source of potas­sium and cal­cium; it’s rich in an­tiox­i­dants and high in pro­tein, nu­tri­tional fi­bres and mag­ne­sium.

Me Too’s orig­i­nal hum­mus, mean­while, has won a Café Qual­ity Food Award and the sea­weed hum­mus has been short­listed for an award.

There’s a new fried fish treat this Chanu­cah — Eureka Cove’s hake fil­lets and gou­jons, dusted with a tasty mix­ture of In­dian turmeric, ground Span­ish chill­ies, pa­prika, brown sugar and pars­ley and coated in a light sea­soned bat­ter. Hake is a sus­tain­able fish and has been cho­sen for its “meaty” qual­ity. The gou­jons con­tain 83 per cent fish (com­pared to around 50 to 65 per cent in sim­i­lar prod­ucts).

Health-con­scious eaters will like the thin coat­ing, which re­duces the amount of oil re­tained dur­ing cook­ing, while the turmeric is said to have anti-in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties. Eat­ing white fish, which is high in omega 3 fatty acids, has also been shown to lower choles­terol and re­duce blood pres­sure. The prod­ucts are stocked at Costco.

And for those who like to pick up their Chanu­cah good­ies along with the main gro­cery shop­ping, Mor­risons will be stock­ing an ex­ten­sive range of kosher lines for the fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing wines, snacks, cakes, con­fec­tionery, can­dles and matzah prod­ucts.

Eureka Cove hake gou­jons

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