5 Kinds of Incredible, Edible Hanukkah Menorahs

By Deborah Rood Goodman & Ellen Zimmerman

It can be difficult to find fun Hanukkah kitchen activities for little ones. Making fried foods, like latkes and  sufganiyot, can be dangerous to make with children, and even cut-out Hanukkah cookies require some dexterity. That’s why my family likes making edible  hanukkiyot  (Hanukkah menorahs).


This edible  hanukkiyah isn’t messy, but it can be a little sticky. My family made ours by stacking donut holes atop brownies and securing them with toothpicks. The kids decorated the tops of the brownies to make them extra festive, and we double-stacked brownies to make the  shamash  candle higher than the others.


This one requires a few extra ingredients, a little more time, and the willingness to make a bit more of a mess – but it’s worth it. You’ll need regular-sized (not mini) marshmallows, unwrapped chocolate gelt, and Nutella. Line up nine marshmallows, and use a dab of Nutella to “glue” them to the gelt as a base. For the  shamash candle, use extra gelt or an extra marshmallow to make it higher. Not a fan of Nutella? Colorful frosting works just as well. 


"Paint" large marshmallows with milk mixed with food coloring or an all-natural alternative. Then push small birthday cake candles into the marshmallows for a  hanukkiyah that you can light, or use pretzel sticks for one you can eat!


People create all kinds of amazing food art with fruits and veggies, turning them into patterns, faces, animals, and entire scenes. This concept can easily be adapted into an edible  hanukkiyah design that lies flat on a plate; no need to figure out how to stand it up. Let the kids go wild with the options: alternate carrot, celery, and zucchini sticks for candles; use red grapes or cherry tomatoes for flames; use whole carrots as candles and kiwi rounds or halved strawberries for flames… the options are endless!


Slice one-half of a banana lengthwise and put the pieces cut-side down on a plate as the  hanukkiyah  base. Push a raisin onto the ends of pretzel sticks to represent the flames and push each pretzel into the banana to make a row of edible candles.

The best part? Your family can gobble up your homemade  hanukkiyot while the Hanukkah candles are burning!

Original article: https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/hanukkah/5-kinds-incredible-edible-hanukkah-menorahs

Service Section: Chanukah 
Source: Reform Judaism https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/hanukkah/5-kinds-incredible-edible-hanukkah-menorahs