Shalom Life | January 28, 2015

24 million donuts, 10.8 billion calories – it's Hannukah in Israel

Every Hannukah, Israelis stop counting calories long enough to buy about 24 million mouth-watering, sweet and gooey, deep-fried sufganiyot.

By: David Shear

Published: December 23rd, 2011 in Culture » Food » News

24 million donuts, 10.8 billion calories – it's Hannukah in Israel

An estimated 24 million filled donuts (sufganiyot in Hebrew) are sold in Israel each Hannukah season. That adds up to $13 million in sales and 10.8 billion calories, at an average 450 per fried treat - depending on the filling and topping.

Why donuts? They symbolize the miracle of the small cruse of olive oil that lasted eight days in the rededicated Temple menorah in 165 BCE. Says Kobi Hakak, owner of Roladin Bakery & Café: "It's crazy; we sell thousands every day."

For those who'd rather avoid all that oil, some patisseries offer baked sufganiyot.

This article is reprinted with permission from Israel21c.

Chelsea Handler Filming Secret Project in Israel? Chelsea Handler Filming Secret Project in Israel? Trending‘American Sniper’ Comments Get Seth Rogen and Michael Moore Banned From Michigan Restaurant ‘American Sniper’ Comments Get Seth Rogen and Michael Moore Banned From Michigan Restaurant TrendingBob Dylan Gifts 50,000 CD’s to Senior Citizens Bob Dylan Gifts 50,000 CD’s to Senior Citizens Trending
 

Drake, Leonard Cohen, Chromeo Nominated for Juno Awards

January 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Drake, Leonard Cohen, Chromeo Nominated for Juno Awards

The nominees for the 2015 Juno Awards were announced in Toronto on Tuesday

Read More

Chelsea Handler Filming Secret Project in Israel?

January 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Chelsea Handler Filming Secret Project in Israel?

The comedian is currently in the Holy Land shooting something in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Read More

Dennis Rodman Has Personally Invited Seth Rogen to See North Korea

January 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Dennis Rodman Has Personally Invited Seth Rogen to See North Korea

The former basketball player spoke with The Hollywood reporter about 'The Interview'.

Read More

‘American Sniper’ Comments Get Seth Rogen and Michael Moore Banned From Michigan Restaurant

January 27, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
‘American Sniper’ Comments Get Seth Rogen and Michael Moore Banned From Michigan Restaurant

The Hollywood stars are no longer welcome at Brann's Sizzling Steaks and Sports Bar

Read More

@CrazyJewishMom Instagram Account Goes Viral

January 27, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
@CrazyJewishMom Instagram Account Goes Viral

Kate Siegel posts all the cooky and overprotective advice her mother gives her to the enjoyment of her 160k followers

Read More

Joe Rotman, Toronto Businessman, Philanthropist, and Icon, Dead at 80

January 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Joe Rotman, Toronto Businessman, Philanthropist, and Icon, Dead at 80

"He was one of those rare leaders who dedicated much of his time, business acumen and personal wealth toward a wide range of philanthropic endeavours"

Read More

During Return to Auschwitz, Israeli Admits He's Part of 'Last Generation' of Holocaust Survivors

January 27, 2015 | By Ahiya Raved
During Return to Auschwitz, Israeli Admits He's Part of 'Last Generation' of Holocaust Survivors

"It is the last time that we will be able to tell our story and pass it on to future generations, because there are not many people left to tell it"

Read More

Steven Spielberg Holds Special Reception for 100 Holocaust Survivors From Around the World

January 27, 2015 | By ShalomLife Team
Steven Spielberg Holds Special Reception for 100 Holocaust Survivors From Around the World

"We need to be preserving places like Auschwitz so people can see for themselves how evil ideologies can become tangible acts of murder"

Read More

More Headlines