January 21, 2018

Chanukah House Decorating Kit: Review & Giveaway


(Scroll to bottom to skip the review and enter the giveaway or find out how to purchase)

Our favorite Kosher food manufacturer, Manischewitz has come out with two fun new products for this Chanukah season: The Chanukah House Decorating Kit and the Vanilla Cookie Decorating Kit.  The Do-It-Yourself Chanukah House Decorating Kit is a kit that allows you to build a cookie house decorated for Chanukah.  I have kids who love to both bake and build so this package is so exciting for them, my eight year old son even wants to build an extra cookie house as a Chanukah gift for his Rebbi!  The house kit comes with everything that you might need: huge cookie piece parts, icing, sprinkles, mini beads, fondant, six-point star, menorah & mezuzah sugar decorations, sanding sugar and, of course, instructions.  It even includes an edible set-up board.   Its a very exciting product, and also happens to be nut free.

If you’re not up for the building the big Chanukah house, there’s the more simple Chanukah Vanilla Cookie Decorating Kit which includes four giant cookies, 4 icing colors, mini beads and sprinkles, pictured here.  No baking required, only fun crafting with the kids who will love to squeeze the icing and decorate with beads and sprinkles.  I’m really looking forward to doing these crafting projects with my kids!

If I must critique the Chanukah House, I’ll simply state the obvious, it resembles the Gingerbread House, a custom that does not have Jewish roots.  It is possible Manischewitz did this intentionally, providing a Jewish theme to what’s become a familiar winter symbol; or possibly not.  So, I kind of wish that they came up with a craft that was something other than a ‘house’ but I’m not complaining or going to read too deeply into it, I’m happy for the easy and fun Chanukah decorating craft to entertain my family with.


One lucky reader will win two products: 1 Chanukah House Decorating Kit and 1 Vanilla Cookie Decorating Kit.  You can have 4 entries a day!  Here’s how to enter.

1 – Answer the following question on my Facebook page thread or in the comments section below: What is  your favorite Chanukah family activity?

2- For additional entries, make sure to ‘like’ Kosher Shopaholic on Facebook and/or subscribe to my newsletter.  Once you’ve done these, make sure to comment that you have just ‘liked’or subscribed to enter the Chanukah House Giveaway’ so that you get your extra count.  If you are already a subscriber and a facebook fan, comment ‘like or subscribe to enter Chanukah House Giveaway’ in either place as well.

Contest open to those with US mailing address only.  Winners will be drawn on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in time for Chanukah.


To purchase the Decorating Kits, you can conveniently order them online through Amazon here for $25.99, or you can grab the JDeal on them for $24 that is running all week, or find them in your local grocery store where they retail for $32.

Manischewitz Matzah Factory Tour: A Photo Journal

I was invited to go on a private media tour of the Manischewitz Matzah factory in Newark, New Jersey.  They are at the end of their Shmura Matzoh run for the Passover season, 2012, and allowed us in to watch as they made the last few batches (or few thousand boxes) of shmura matzoh.  Next week, when most of us Jews are turning our kitchens over to ready-for-Passover dishes and utensils, the Manischewitz factory will already be turning thier Kosher-for-Passover factory back to year-round, non-passover status (not to worry, they shut down the entire week of Passover)!

With my handy iPhone 4, I was able to take some magnificent pictures and videos of the matzoh making process in their new state-of-the-art facility.  I’ve compiled them into a photo-journal for your enjoyment.




Man-o-Manischewitz 2012 Cookoff: Win $25,000 In Prizes (& get a coupon!)

Man-o-Manischewitz 2012 Cook-off: Win $25,000 in Prizes (& get a coupon!)

Which of us ‘professional’ mommy chefs doesn’t dream of entering a Food Network style cooking competition like the one Paula Shoyer of The Kosher Baker was just in on Sweet Genius last week?  I know that my family members are often impressed enough with my culinary talents to tell me often to quit my day job and open a restaruant or write a cookbook.  Who here doesn’t have similar dreams?

Well, Manischewitz is offering us a chance to make this dream come true.  You do not have to be a professional chef to enter their 2012 Man-o-Manischewitz Cook-off.  Its a culinary competition for the layman, the non-professional chef.  In fact, you don’t have to be a mommy to enter either.  Last’s year’s winner was none other than a man, Stuart Davis, 45, from Cherry Hill, NJ with his Chicken and Egg Donburi.  This winning recipe and many others can be found on the Manischewitz website.

The Cook-Off

To enter the Man-o-Manischewitz contest all you have to do is visit the Manischewitz website and create a wonderful original recipe using Manischewitz Ready To Serve Broth and one other Manischewitz product for a chance to win $25,000 in prizes, including Maytag® Appliances and the opportunity to fly to the New York finals to compete in front of Celebrity Chef Claire Robinson. Top entries will be judged in the Manischewitz test kitchen and then you, America, will vote in the 5th and final contest.

Plus you can print a $1.00 off Manischewitz broth coupon (to use as you test your recipe) right here.  You din’t think I’d leave you without a coupon, did you?

I’ve got my recipe all ready to enter.  I think I stand a good chance to win!  I’ll be sure to post my winning recipe here once the competition ends.

Let us know in the comments section below, will you be entering the competition?