Serious Eats: Recipes
Homemade Hanukkah Gelt
Hanukkah is my favorite Jewish holiday, mainly because of the food. There's jelly-filled fried donuts to remind us of the oil used to light the menorah, latkes (potato pancakes) that melt on the tongue, and then my personal favorite: chocolate gelt.
Typically, round, flat disks of semi-sweet chocolate are wrapped in gold foil and distributed after the menorah lighting. (Gelt is the Yiddish word for "money" and yes, the chocolate coins are about a half-dollar in size.)
I didn't realize gelt was a mass-produced product until I got to high school. During my family's celebration, my parents would substitute a healthier, homemade gelt (using apricots) instead of the pure chocolate stuff found at stores. The recipe couldn't be easier, plus it's sweet, satisfying, and (somewhat) healthy.