With Hanukkah underway, LA food purveyors are in on the celebrations. Between blue and white embellishments and new takes on traditional treats, you’ll find plenty of unique ways to partake in festive foods for the next eight days and beyond.
Fleishik’s Sandwiches, Nosh & Whiskey, Beverly Grove
At Fleishik’s modern Jewish deli, don’t expect your latkes to look like any ol’ flat potato pancake. Here, you’ll find latke bites that pack the familiar fried Hanukkah dish into hearty, irregularly shaped balls that resemble Southern hush puppies. It’s a side dish that pairs well with their sandwiches, accompanied by a cup of sour cream applesauce, a fusion of the two traditional spreads for latkes.
For every holiday, a wave of brightly colored candy cascades over store shelves and windows, and Hanukkah is no exception. Kosher candy shop emporium Munchies offers gift baskets and platters bursting with blue and white treats. These holiday jackpots contain chocolate coated pretzels dotted with vivid blue sprinkles, blue jelly beans, gummy stars and sour bears, plus chocolate truffles and cups. You can also find white chocolate menorahs on a stick, and chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, also known as gelt, to reward your sweet tooth after a game of dreidel.
Got Kosher?, Pico-Robertson
Bakery and restaurant Got Kosher? takes a twist on a tradition with loaves of challah bread braided into poofy pretzel pillows. You can grab a knot and pull apart the loaf like classic challah, but its delicate dark crust tastes salty and fragrant like a pretzel should. The bakery stocks several shelves of this hot seller in different shapes and sizes to meet the demand. Take a turn into the adjacent restaurant for another tasty twist and try the chocolate pretzel challah bread pudding for dessert.
Fred’s Bakery & Deli, Beverlywood
Rugelach is a crumbly treat that could quell your craving for both croissants and cookies. Fred’s Bakery & Deli makes these pastry rollups with cream cheese dough and fills them with three flavors: raspberries and nuts, apricots and raisins, and Belgian chocolate. Rugelach has been a signature item of Fred’s since it opened in 1949. Also popular for Hanukkah is their variety of jelly donuts, or sufganiyot, with options such as triple berries jam, strawberry, lemon, pineapple, or Nutella.
More Festive Finds
This month, Maya’s Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets has made their specialty Brazilian delicacies with holiday flair. Brigadeiros are truffle-like balls of caramel and chocolate, which you can now find adorned with blue and white sprinkles for the Jewish celebration. Throughout December, you can get a 15% discount off holiday items using the coupon code SNOWFLAKE.
You may have a hard time deciding what to buy from Dylan’s Candy Bar in The Grove, as they have almost too many Hanukkah treats to choose from. The choices are heavy on chocolate covered items, such as cupcakes, rice crispy treats, strawberries, and pretzel rods. Also look for boxes of mints and chocolate bars with decorative wrappers plus bags of gelt.
Boutique candy retailer Sugarfina is offering a Hanukkah bento box. This gift set contains three cubes filled with kosher candy that includes dark chocolate sea salt caramels, robin’s egg caramels, and gummy champagne bubbles.