Hanukkah doughnuts are a seasonal delight in Israel. Fried or baked, these sweet treats are part of what makes Hanukkah the favorite holiday of the year for many children and adults in the country. Here are some of the best places to buy them in 2015.
RoladinThe pastry shop/coffee shop chain is known for its variety of Hanukkah doughnuts. This year, along with more classical options, they're offering a collection of Hanukkah doughnuts with unique fillings and toppings.
For instance, you'll be able to find a Hanukkah doughnut filled with vanilla whipped cream and topped with a chocolate pearl meringue, and a strawberry chaser (NIS 10); as well as a Hanukkah doughnut filled with mango, passion fruit, and rum cream, topped with white chocolate, coconut, and chocolate lace (NIS 10).
Where to get it: Roladin shops around Israel.
BiscottiThe Biscotti pastry shop is launching a collection of Hanukkah doughnuts inspired by sweets and deserts from around the world, which includes a number of hand-crafted Hanukkah doughnuts, with fillings and coatings that ate all gestures towards famous deserts from different countries. Thailand's banana loti, Switzerland's Toblerone chocolate, and Austria's black forest cake all get their little spotlight (NIS 8 each).
Beside theses, Biscotti will also offer more down-to-earth choices such as Hanukkah doughnuts filled with dulce de leche, white chocolate cream, and strawberry jam (NIS 5).
Where to get it: Hayarkon St. 67, Bnei Brak industrial zone; HaAtsmaut St. 104 Petah Tikva (new Neve Oz area). Phone number: 03-57040158.
Metuka Room ServiceAhead of the holiday, the pastry shop and caterer Metuka Room Service ("Metuka" is a variation of the Hebrew word for "sweet", as well as an uncommon, but existing, Hebrew name for girls) is offering a new line of Hanukkah doughnuts, along with their classic flavors. You could find Hanukkah doughnuts filled with jam made from real fruit like strawberries, apricots, and plums – free of additives and food coloring (NIS 5.5).
In addition, they've kept the Vegan public in mind, with date honey-sweetened Hanukkah doughnuts filled with jam on offer (NIS 7).
Phone number for deliveries: 1-700-723-723; online orders can be placed at www.metuka.co.il.
Bread StoryBread Story is celebrating Hanukkah by offering baked Hanukkah doughnuts made with classic brioche dough, with various fillings such as strawberry jam (NIS 9), cream cheese (NIS 11), and caramel, with a caramel and Atlantic salt coating (NIS 11).
Where to get it: Dizengoff 88, Tel Aviv. Phone number: 03-5283888.
Max BrennerThis Hanukkah, the chocolate specialists at Max Brenner are offering a special trio of chocolate-heavy Hanukkah doughnuts: Vanilla ice cream and a warm milk chocolate filling; coconut and white chocolate with almond sprinkles; and a white chocolate and strawberry filling with a touch of whipped cream and forest fruits on top.
In addition, they're offering a four-Hanukkah-doughnut package that will include a chocolate of nougat syringe, with which customers could fill their own Hanukkah doughnuts according to their own taste.
Where to get it: All sales carts and shops, and all Max Brenner Chocolate Bar branches around the country.
Berman BakeryBerman decided to combine the classic Hanukkah doughnut flavors with refreshing twists. For instance, you could find Hanukkah doughnuts filled with cheese and Oreo cookie cream; Hanukkah doughnuts filled with crème brulee, and cream cheese filling with a cheese coating (NIS 6.8).
In addition, Berman is offering a series of non-dairy Hanukkah doughnuts with a variety of filling, including mocha, vanilla cream, and old-time strawberry jam.
Where to get it: All sales stations and all Berman Bakery branches across Israel.
Nomili PatisserieThe French-style patisserie is offering Hanukkah doughnuts made of natural sourdough and 100 percent butter, with a bunch of different fillings such as a milk-chocolate-caramel ganache, with caramelized apple on top (NIS 9) and a patissier cream filling made of 100 percent vanilla, with a vanilla Streusel on top.
Where to get it: Sokolov 3, Kfar Saba (on the corner of Weizmann St.). Phone number: 09-7662616; Habanim 14, Hod Hasharon. Phone number: 09-7441920.
CookeezThe Cookeez chain, which usually specializes in offering ice cream sandwiched between freshly-baked cookies, is launching its line of fresh, limited-edition Hanukkah doughnuts, filled with ice cream. Among the flavors will be Loacker wafers, white chocolate, and banana fudge.
In addition, there will by other varieties such as chocolate ganache and sprinkles, Oreo crumbs and white chocolate, and pistachio cream.
Where to get it: Alenby St. 114 (on the corner of Rothschild St.), Tel Aviv. Phone number: 03-5663833; Dizengoff St. 116, Tel Aviv. Phone number: 03-5245496.
SeedsThe vegan patisserie is putting its own version of Hanukkah doughnut on offer, with fillings like cashew cheese (NIS 9), raspberry jam (NIS 7), and dark chocolate cream with coconut cream (NIS 9).
Where to get it: King George St. 97, Tel Aviv. Phone number: 03-5404006.
Piece of CakeThe bakery chain offers an array of classic Hanukkah doughnuts made with butter-rich dough, alongside various baked brioche and vegan Hanukkah doughnuts. Among the available flavors are strawberry jam filling (NIS 5), and chocolate coating and dulce de leche (NIS 6).
Where to get it: King George St. 46, Tel Aviv; Levontin St. 30, Tel Aviv; Ibn Gabirol St. 54, Tel Aviv; Yehuda Hayamit St. 17, Jaffa; Yosef Lishanski Blvd 20, Rishon LeZion.
Sharon & ReneeThis homey bakery is offering a variety of different types of Hanukkah doughnuts, including strawberry jam (NIS 5), marzipan (NIS 8), and salty caramel (NIS 8).
Where to get it: http://www.sharonandrenee.com.