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In search of . . . Chanukah gelt

The Jews may have saved the Temple, beaten the Greeks and made a measly bottle of oil last for eight days, but can anyone figure out why we eat chocolate gelt?

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/chanukah/article/in_search_of_chanukah_gelt_20071130

But what is the real origin of gelt? Is it, as my father claimed, really a long-held Jewish custom? And how did gelt evolve from money to chocolate? And why does the chocolate taste so waxy? If gelt is here to stay -- if it's going to really represent the Jews like mistletoe and holly do the Christians -- are there any better options than the molten coins of our childhood? These are some of the questions I had as I set out on my journey in search of gelt.

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