Sufganiyot (jelly donuts)
Celebrating Hanukkah includes eating oily and fried foods, symbolizing the oil that lasted eight days during the rededication of the ancient temple in Jerusalem. Find the traditional jelly donuts at Heisler’s Kosher Bakery in New Rochelle starting about a week before Hanukkah.
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Gelt (chocolate money)
Up the ante in the dreidel game with oversize, holographic, and Belgian chocolate coins at New Roc Glatt, or nut-free milk chocolate coins with American-coin–style wrappers at Chocolations. (Trader Joe’s assorted-size coins-of-the-world gelt is also a step up from the drugstore stuff.)
Latkes (potato pancakes)
We’ve got ‘em—at Epstein’s Kosher Deli & Restaurant in Hartsdale, Balducci’s in Scarsdale (starting around December 8), and Susan Lawrence Gourmet in Chappaqua (by special order). You can even order potatoless latkes, made with parsnips and celery root, from Avril Kaye Caterers in Rye Brook.
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Hanukkah House Kit
Available at New Roc Glatt in New Rochelle, this is not a gingerbread house, but a ready-to-assemble Manishewitz-made vanilla cookie Hanukkah House, complete with menorahs, mezuzah, sprinkles, and more! Give this to a kid (or kid at heart) and make a friend for life.
He’Brew Beer Gift Pack
Available at Half Time in Mamaroneck, the He’Brew’s gift pack holds eight of their beers, including new releases such as Jewbellation 18 (18 malts, 18 hops) and Hanukkah, Chanukah, Pass the Beer, plus candles for making a beer menorah, and a custom glass. And if it’s acceptable to put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving now, I see no harm in getting started early with any of this.