The Purim custom of sending mishloach manot, gifts of food often including hamantashen and other treats, seems made for the pandemic. This tradition of gift giving comes at a time when we’re coming up on a whole year living apart, so get in the Purim spirit and send a socially distanced, food-filled basket to your loved ones.
Another Purim tradition, matanot la’evyonim, are gifts given to those in need. There are several organizations in the greater DC area worth supporting; plus, by shopping local for your baskets, you’re also supporting local food businesses, which are especially hurting due to the pandemic.
We’ve picked out a few of our favorite sweets and other food gifts to show love to both DC and your loved ones this Purim.
No Purim is complete without these triangle-shaped cookies. Whether you’re a fan of the classic apricot and poppy seed or prefer something a bit more adventurous, there are plenty of options to choose from.
- Baked By Yael (Kosher): This nut-free and kosher bakery sells hamantashen in apricot, raspberry and chocolate. You can purchase them in half-dozen or dozen packs, or pick up a mishloach manot basket filled with hamantashen and rugelach. Place orders online at least 24 hours in advance.
- Call Your Mother: This neighborhood bagel shop and deli sells bagels and babka muffins year-round, but for Purim they bake up hamantashen (February 25-26 this year). Known for their unique flavors, this year they will offer red fruit, pineapple and dulce de leche hamantashen. You can place orders online for pickup at one of their locations, although it’s best to place orders after 3pm the day before.
- Pastries by Randolph (Kosher): While you could pick up some fancy French pastries for yourself, make sure to add some of their fruit-filled hamantashen or masquerade cookies. You can place orders online for store pickup from February 12-26.
- Sunflower Bakery (Kosher): This bakery prepares young adults with learning differences for employment in baking industries, and each year the team prepares hamantashen and mishloach manot boxes to celebrate Purim. With over 15 flavor options, you’ll have no problem putting together an assortment of fruit-filled, cookie dough, chocolate-dipped and even gluten-free hamantashen. Place orders online for pickup at locations throughout the DMV.
Other treats and eats
In addition to hamantashen, fill your mishloach manot with these other Jewish DC-made goods to provide variety in your gift.
- Prescription Chicken: Known for their matzah ball and chicken noodle soup, send soup to warm the hearts of your loved ones. Place orders online for pickup or delivery.
- Shouk: While the burger may not pack up well in a basket, Shouk’s choco-cardamom cookies or lemon date balls are great options to add some diversity among all the hamantashen. Order online to get your dinner and mishloach manot basket treats.
- Soupergirl (Kosher): Give the gift of vegan soup with a delivery of plant-powered soups (both local and nationwide delivery available). Place orders online for delivery or check the map to see which stores carry the soups near you.
- Sticky Fingers Bakery (Kosher): This vegan bakery is known for their cupcakes, with several gluten free options as well. They also sell fresh-baked cookies, challah and cookie/cupcake decorating kits. Place orders online for pickup or delivery.
- Tatte Bakery and Café: With two locations in DC and a third set to open in Bethesda in March, this Boston area bakery helmed by Israeli Tzurit Or sells sweet and savory pastries to add to your basket. Place an order for croissants, muffins, hamantashen, brownies, tarts or even a loaf of bread. Orders can be placed online for pickup and delivery.