After publishing The Aliyah Files #10 Pumpkin-Spiced Latte, one of the kids came home with a Krembo. I had forgotten since last year that ’tis now the season for Krembos. A Krembo is a chocolate-coated marshmallow fluff atop a biscuit cookie. It’s too sweet for my liking, but nevertheless, it’s part of the Israeli culture and makes its appearance after Sukkot.
I thought it would be informative to continue on the topic of snacks and nosh foods found in Israel. Here is a list of commonly found snacks and beverages items gracing supermarket shelves.
Bamba. Bamba is a puffed peanut butter snack. After pureed baby food, I think it is one of those introductory solid foods everyone gives their kids. It is enjoyed by both children and adults.
Bisli. Bisli is a crunchy snack made of wheat that comes in different shapes and flavors. The standard one my family likes is a spiral shape that reminds me of rotini pasta.
Shlook. A shlook is an icepop that comes in a plastic wrapper. Generally, they are opened by using your teeth to tear a rip in the plastic. I am still very American prefer to use scissors. Each shlook is approximately 3 inches long. Also called EE-gloo (think ‘igloo’).
Artic. (Pronounced AR-teek) An artic is a popsicle. It is larger and more flavorful than a shlook.
Pesek Zeman, Keef Kef, and Klik. Say goodbye to Hershey and MnM Mars products and get used to these chocolates. Pesek Zeman is an aerated bit of heaven (IMHO), Keef Kef is like a Kit Kat, and Klik are bite-sized chocolate coated balls or ‘pillows’ with something in the center.
Pretzels. Called Bagele. There are generally two brands available and found in more stores where nosh is sold.
Petel. Raspberry syrup. Add some to plain water or seltzer. My kids like the brand with the lion on it.
Shoko. Chocolate milk. It comes in cartons, bottles, and plastic bags. It’s another one of those bags you need to rip open with your teeth.
Spring juices. A wide variety of flavors that can be purchased in either cartons or bottles.
Milky. Chocolate pudding with whipped cream. According to my daughter, they come in chocolate pudding with white whipped cream or white pudding with chocolate on top.
For those who know me, know I am more likely to serve peanut butter oatmeal balls, homemade date-nut bars, or stove-top popped popcorn. However, I do enjoy the occasional indulgence of the less than healthy nosh. Perhaps a future Olim Files post will be on the topic of healthy food like kohlrabi, kale, and quinoa.
Thanks for reading and happy snacking.
Karen , The Klutter Koach
November 19, 2017 (updated October 14, 2018)