SLICE OF LIFE: Purim Desserts

by Guest Columnist & KosherEye Friend, Eileen Goltz

purimdesserts-1Oh the Purim dilemmas we face. No, it’s not what flavor Hamantashen to eat, but rather what to put into those Purim baskets that need to be delivered asap.

Hamantashen, fruit and chocolate? Chips, pretzels and chocolate? Nuts, cheese, crackers and chocolate?  ? An electrical appliance (absolutely not) or chocolate? Well obviously, my choice would always include chocolate. BUT as one friendly reader recently pointed out, not everyone likes (heretic) or can tolerate (poor baby) chocolate in their diet.

I realize now how taste-centric I am and I would like to apologize to those who don’t care for anything that comes from the cocoa bean by coming up with luscious non−chocolate (you have no idea how hard it was to type that) desserts for your Purim friends, family, teachers, neighbors or mom, dad, in law, out law or anyone else you want to impress on Purim with your culinary expertise. These desserts are guaranteed to make everyone clamor to be on your delivery route.

Note: White chocolate is NOT chocolate; it’s a candy with no cocoa in it.

About the Author

eileengoltzphotoEileen Goltz is a freelance kosher food writer who was born and raised in the Chicago area. She graduated from Indiana University and the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris. She lectures on various food-related topics for various newspapers, magazines and websites across the U.S., Canada, and South Africa as well as the OU Shabbat Shalom Website. She is the author of Perfectly Parve Cookbook (Feldheim) and is a contributing writer for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Group, Chicago Sun Times, Detroit Free Press and Woman’s World Magazine. You can visit Eileen's blog at

March 4, 2012

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