This had been a fun tradition in our family since my son Sam was in pre-school. Here’s what we wrote for a school cookbook in 2000 when he was 4: When it’s Chanukah, my mom and I have fun thinking of different bottoms for menorahs. After the candles burn, we get to eat it! My mom says be safe: make sure the holders are stable enough for lit candles and use a large dish, metal tray or cookie sheet to hold your menorah. Here are some ideas. Now you can think of more by yourself.
- Cupcakes – Fun to decorate with icing and I like sprinkles. Kids can come decorate their own and then eat it later.
- Jelly doughnuts – I like these! Stick a candle in 9 of them before you eat them. (Since they are fried, sufganiyot, as they are called in Hebrew, have become a traditional food for Chanukah.)
- Big marshmallows and peanut butter cups – You can make each one tall or not. If you do, my mom showed me a toothpick can keep them together.
- Oranges and apples – These are too healthy. My mom’s idea is you slice off a little of the bottom so they stand flat, then stick in candles. You can eat them after, but I like cupcakes and marshmallows better.
- Mini-bagels – This is a good breakfast menorah! Put cream cheese in the hole for the candle.