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Undercover Chocolate for Yom Kippur

By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

September 1, 2013 | 10:50 am

Mexican Hot Chocolate


Mexican crypto-Jews not only took an active role in the cacao trade in the New World, they also secreted it into their undercover Jewish ritual life in the mid-seventeenth-century.... read on

  • Birthday Cake for Rosh Hashanah

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    August 6, 2013 | 3:55 am


    The iconic Israeli cocoa-based birthday cake known as Ugah Kushit (black cake) or Ugat Yomledet (birthday cake) would be a great treat for Rosh Hashanah. As this Rosh Hashanah commemorates 5774 years since the birth of the world, this delicacy belongs on our Yom Tov menus.

    ... read on

  • Louis Kwechansky and his Chocolate Factory: A Father’s Day Tribute from Alex Kwechansky

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    June 8, 2013 | 7:17 pm

    In 1939, well before I was born, my father, Louis Kwechansky was already into chocolate production in Montreal. He had patented a machine to make a product that would seal his fame. He invented a chocolate lollypop on a stick, called a “Chocolate Pop.” He hired the best known... read on

  • Do Prayers for Chocolate Work?

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    June 2, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Yes, they do, according to a story told by our colleague and friend, Rabbi Mo Salth, first recounted by radio commentator, Paul Harvey. A mother decided that her family should eat more healthfully and alerted her children that she would no longer be purchasing sugary snacks. She... read on

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  • Tantalizing Tidbits about Jews and Chocolate

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    May 25, 2013 | 5:01 pm

    1.  The idea that Jews brought chocolate making to France pervades the French chocolate center, Bayonne.

    2.  In the eighteenth century, Jews were considered to be specialists in chocolate making in Amsterdam, Martinique and other locales.

    3.  Non-Jewish, American folk-singer... read on

  • 103 Year Old Recalls Chocolate Deprivation World War I

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    May 19, 2013 | 10:19 am

    This recollection was submitted to my Chocolate Chronicle--please submit your favorite chocolate recollections, especially if they may have Jewish connections. Dr. Marcus eats chocolate every day of his life and has reached the amazing age of 103. He remembers:

    'I was the... read on

  • On the Chocolate Trail

    By Rabbi Debbie Prinz

    May 15, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    Join me on a delicious adventure with Jews on the chocolate trail, a trail that has been well worn since the 16th century. As we travel my husband, Rabbi Mark Hurvitz and I, explore local chocolate opportunities and culture, two Jews enjoying the trail of chocolate around the... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Deborah R. Prinz’s book, On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao, was published in...

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