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Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!

Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel!


Your kids will love making their own edible dreidels. And then devouring them!


By Kathy Oberman

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Children can spend hours making these delightful edible dreidels. And they will love eating them, as well.

The dreidel, one of the most enduring symbols of Chanukah, is a small toy that Jewish children have long treasured.

The spinning top recalls the story of Chanukah by displaying four Hebrew letters on each of its sides. These letters mean "A Great Miracle Happened There" or, if the children are in Israel, "A Great Miracle Happened Here."

Playing with the Dreidel
Playing with the dreidel has been a popular pastime during Chanukah for generations. Even today, children look forward to the game that uses raisins, nuts, or gelt (a word for money or coins) as tokens. Modern-day gelt for the game very often is chocolate coins.

Players begin by putting a token in the pot, or the center of the table. They then take turns spinning the dreidel.

If it the Hebrew letter "nun" faces up when the dreidel stops, the next player spins. If the letter "gimel" faces up, the player takes all the tokens in the pot. If the letter "hey" faces up, the player takes half the tokens in the pot. If the letter "shin" faces up, the player puts a token in the pot


Edible Dreidels
The youngest children can make edible dreidels, although toddlers will need help. To begin, supply thin pretzel sticks, marshmallows, peanut butter, and chocolate Kiss candies.

To assemble the dreidel, insert a pretzel stick into one side of a marshmallow. Using a butter knife or plastic knife, smear a small amount of peanut butter on the opposite side of the marshmallow and "glue" on the chocolate Kiss.

Make the dreidels with white or blue marshmallows. Stock up on extra pretzel sticks as they break easily with little hands push them into the soft marshmallow. Chocolate-covered pretzel sticks make these more yummy than ever.

While these dreidels cannot be spun, they can be eaten - happily! Make them as a Chanukah craft or set them on the table as edible decorations.

Happy Chanukah!

 





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