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5 Brand New DIY Mishloach Manot Ideas for Purim Gifts

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5 Brand New DIY Mishloach Manot Ideas for Purim Gifts

4 Comments 03 March 2015

As Purim gets wrapped up, savor these last minute creative Purim mishloach manot DIY themes by Esther O Designs:
With the enormous variety of colorful gumballs on the market today enjoy creating this palatable treat-a winner for sure!
(Stick gumballs to palette with a drop of icing)
Mishloach Manot 3, The Jewish Hostess
Mishloach Manot 4, The Jewish Hostess
Pillow boxes are perfect for your kids to present their Mishloach Manot.Easy to fill,budget friendly and oh so practical!You and your children (and their frinds!) will surely love these.
Mishloach Manot 6, The Jewish Hostess
Who can resist a special treat on the go? Teens-this ones for you! You’re sure to get a rave review.
A childs dream come true! With these two simple treats-you can create a childs fantasy.
Mishloach Manot 2, The Jewish Hostess
Mishloach Manot 1
Working with specific colors combinations,gives an overall uniformed,neat look. I love the look of this hot pink/yellow packaging but go ahead and pick the coloring that suits your fancy.
Supplies used:
large pillow box
hot pink/yellow tulle
flower lollipop
chocolate covered pretzels
crystal light with lemon candy(available at Oh nuts)
 Custom labels by: http://omgdesign.weebly.com/
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Sizzling Pink and Zebra Print Bridal Shower- A Gorgeous Combo! by Paula Benz

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Sizzling Pink and Zebra Print Bridal Shower- A Gorgeous Combo! by Paula Benz

No Comments 28 April 2012

Thank you Paula Benz. Its so inspiring to the combined mother-daughter efforts for this truly beautiful table. The colors, varying candy container heights, different shapes and textures of the confections are true a visual sweet treat! Thanks so much for sharing your special bridal shower with us! Marlene

p.s. I will add this one to our dessert pics entries for the Amy Atlas Sweet Designs Brand NEW Book!

Check out some more dessert bar pics HERE. More to come this week!

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“Hi Marlene,

For my shower, my mom and I worked day and night putting it all together. I knew I wanted to have a candy bar and got tons of inspiration from Amy Atlas site.  Desserts were made by Shirley C. Mamiye and Mari Gindi. My invitation was hot pink and zebra and the entire party stemmed from there. From table cloth, to flowers, to finding hot pink (and only hot pink) candy!, we worked really hard to tie it all together. Paula Benz”

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How to Make Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Claudia Bildirici

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How to Make Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Claudia Bildirici

1 Comment 20 September 2011


Hi Hostesses!

You don’t know how lucky you are to be getting one of Claudia Bildiricci’s secret decadent recipes for chocolate dipped strawberries.Claudia made these strawberries for my daughter’s bridal shower, and I thought that they would be a great symbol for a ” clean slate” Rosh Hashanah dessert because of the white chocolate that encases these gorgeous long stem strawberries. Due to kashrut reasons we took off the stems, but you are welcome to ask your local rabbi for permission to leave them on!

If you do decide to make these chocolate dipped strawberries, please take a pic and send it to me! (marlene (at) thejewishhostess )

Wishing you a healthy and Happy New Year! Marlene



  1. Take 12 stem strawberries or a pint of regular strawberries. there is nothing like the long stem for dipping!  Great to have a stem to hold when eating.
  2. Very important that you wash and DRY the strawberry well or the moisture will make the chocolate separate from the berry


10 Steps for Making Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:

By Claudia Bildirici:

  1. Melt one bag of chocolate chips in the microwave for one minute on high.
  2. Mix well adding a capful of oil to thin the chocolate.
  3. Keep mixing till the chocolate is completely melted. You do not want to keep heating in the microwave for too long or the chocolate will turn white when cooled. If needed place back in micro for 20 seconds.
  4. You can also melt chocolate on a double boiler.  Just take a large pot with water 1/4 way up.
  5. Place a bowl on top filled with chocolate and keep mixing on medium heat.
  6. Place melted chocolate in a shallow bowl holding the berry by the stem
  7. Dip one side then the other forming a V of chocolate on the strawberry.
  8.  This can be a nice time to add shredded coconut or chopped toasted nuts or even a drizzle of white chocolate (put chocolate into a ziploc bag and poke a TINY hole into the corner, drizzle across the whole tray of strawberries back and forth for a wispy beautiful swirly look) is always a hit!
  9. Place berry onto slipat mat or wax paper to dry.
  10. They will only last a few hours so try to do this as close to serving as possible!
  11. Love, Claudia



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Yummy Apple Chunks  Dipped in Chocolate  for Kids

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Yummy Apple Chunks Dipped in Chocolate for Kids

4 Comments 11 December 2010

Rummaging around the archives, I found this great old post. I can’t wait to re-make these apple chunks!

This updated recipe from our last post Healthy Snacks for Picky Eaters, was created when we we realized that we had run out of bananas.  Its another great last minute snack and takes about 10 minutes to put together.

-we melted some chocolate  chips in the double boiler

-then we chopped up 2 apples ito big chunks and sprinkled them with a teaspoon of lemon juice

-skewered them with some shish kabob wooded sticks

-set up some bowls with sprinkles, nuts, or any toppings will do.

The comments from my seven year old-

“Mommy this is awesome!”

“Mommy stop eating all of them!”

“They are for kids and you are getting fatter by the minute.” (she really said that)

They really were yummy. We had a great time melting, dipping,  rolling, and crunching. I dont regret not one bite.

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Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

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Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

No Comments 26 April 2010

Check out the best kosher gift baskets on the web!

Godiva Kosher Gift Baskets:


Introducing Godiva Gems Gift Basket. Make every day a little more special with our new Godiva Gems, individually wrapped in smaller sizes, so you can enjoy eating them anywhere, anytime. Includes a 12 pc. Milk Chocolate Truffle Gems, 18 pc. Dark Chocolate Solid Gems, 12 pc. Milk Chocolate Caramel Gems, Milk Chocolate Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Almonds, Solid Milk Chocolate Bar, Solid Dark Chocolate Bar, and Solid White Chocolate Bar. Tied with sheer gold ribbon. (1 lb. 2.6 oz.)

Zabar’s Kosher Cheese Collection:


All foods in this collection are certified kosher. * Redwood Hill Farm’s Camellia from Sonoma, California. A soft-ripened, pasteurized, farmstead goat cheese. Soft, creamy and sweetly earthy. 5 oz.

* Tnuva Sheep Milk Feta-Style from Israel. Not too salty with a creamy, crumbly texture and sweet, grassy flavors; pasteurized. 7 oz.

* 5-Spoke Creamery Redmond Cheddar from New York State. Hand-made medium-sharp cheddar made from the raw milk of grass-fed cows; cave-aged for at least six months. 6 oz.

* Blue Star Farms Organic Stone Ground Wheat Crackers from Washington State.

* Somech Farms Fig Preserves from Israel. 11.5 oz.

* Handsome and helpful cheese knife and wooden cheese board.

Includes 1-day shipping. All cheeses in the Kosher Collection will arrive in their original packaging, thus assuring their kosher certification. Zabar’s may substitute cheeses of greater or equal value according to availability, but all are guaranteed to be certified kosher.

Zabar’s Kosher  Coffee and Babka Collection:


Zabar’s chocolate babka, Amaretti di Sorrono cookies (do you dip them in your coffee? We do!), Almondina biscuits, Zabar’s cinnamon rugelach, Erica’s Apricot Raspberry rugelach, Ghirardelli Dark/Raspberry chocolate bar, Walker’s shortbread Petit Coat Tails, a Zabar’s chocolate bar, and a Zabar’s mug to go with all the goodies! Part of Zabar’s Gift Boxes, Gift Baskets, and Gift Crates Collection. Price includes shipping. Additional $15.00 charge for 1-day Saturday delivery.

Max Brenner’s Chocolate:


kosher dairy under the supervision of the Bet-Shemesh Rabbinate.

BONBON  GIFT SET- an assortment of 9 bonbons carefully chosen by Max. 80g/2.8oz

Woman of Valor Basket:


Contains a beautiful ceramic Woman of Valor mug was designed by Jessica Sporn and inspired by a Biblical poem offering women gratitude, praise, and appreciation. This basket also includes gourmet tea and fresh rugelach !

Rugelach is certified Kosher Dairy, tea is kosher Pareve. 

A portion of all manufacturer’s sales from the Woman of Valor Collection will be donated toward the education and research of breast cancer causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.

My Fair Lady Kosher Chocolate Gift Box:


Two layers of delicous, assorted dark & white chocolate truffles in a polka dot spring hat box. Dainty and sweet, this large ‘Fair Lady’ hat is an elegant way to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’!
Approximate Dimensions: Hat 12″ Diameter, Chocolate Box 5″

Kosherline Gift Baskets:


Cookies, Fudge Balls and Brownies

Bella Delights exclusive Italian Cookies, Fudge Balls & Chocolate Treasure Brownies Gift Tower.

Includes 1.5 lbs. assorted tray of homemade Italian cookies (may include the following: spice drop, raspberry filled pinch, chocolate chip, apricot drop, chocolate sprinkles, vanilla fudge, raspberry filled chocolate cookies, chocolate stripe, assorted pariels, marble, chocolate jelly, Roman twist, sesame, coconut crescent, chocolate drop, brownie cookie, almond half moon, mini-biscotti), 1 lb. chocolate treasure brownies (dense, rich chocolate brownies with chocolate chips), .5 lbs. fudgie chocolate balls with chocolate sprinkles, .5 lbs. fudgie chocolate balls with rainbow sprinkles. Under OK strict kosher supervision. Parve. Pas Yisroel. Yoshon.

Starbucks Kosher Gift Basket:


  • Starbucks Biscotti Vanilla Almond (.92oz)  K Nonni’s Brand
  • Starbucks Ground Coffee Breakfast Blend (2.5oz)    OU-P
  • Starbucks Ground Coffee House Blend (2.5oz)  OU-P
  • Starbucks Selects Brown & Haley Cashew Roca (2pc)   Kehilla- dairy
  • Starbucks Selects White Chocolate & Raspberry Cookies (2pc)   OU-D
  • Tazo Calm – Herbal Tea (3bags)  KSA
  • Tazo Duet – Black & Green Teas (2 bags 1 Calm & 1 Zen)KSA
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    Peanut Brittle

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    Peanut Brittle

    No Comments 20 March 2010

    perfect after dinner treat

    Need a quick gift to bring to the seder?

    There’s no need to run out to buy a last minute gift! Peanut brittle is an american classic that is loved by all. This recipe is inspired by the book, Sweet Tempation by Nicki Trench.

    What makes it extra easy is that all you need is:

    2 cups of sugar,

    2 tablespoons of corn syrup,

    1 cup of any kind of nut-roasted lightly

    finely grated zest of an orange (optional)


    1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    2- Put sugar and corn syrup in heavy saucepan and heat with low flame until sugar has dissolved and reaches 270 degrees on a candy thermometer stirring continuously. (Honestly- I didnt have a candy thermometer handy so I just heated it till it was caramel consistency). Remove saucepan from flame and stir in nuts (and optional orange zest).

    3-Pour syrup into a jelly roll pan and flatten with a spoon. Let cool.

    4-When solid, break off pieces and store in an airtight container or wrap in cellophane bags and tie with a decorative ribbon or raffia.

    -NOTE -This recipe contains corn, which is permissable for Sephardic Jews. Please consult with your rabbi.

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