TOP RATED BEERS FROM ISRAEL

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Mivshelet HaShakhen (השכן)

IPA – American

Extremely Hoppy craft beer. Contract brewed at Beer Bazaar / Mivshelet Ha’Aretz.

6% ABV

41 IBU

(3.72)

211 Ratings

Added 05/05/15

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Bhindi IPA

Beer Bazaar / Mivshelet Ha’Aretz

IPA – American

.IPA בירה טרייה בסגנון Previously contract-brewed at Srigim Brewery and Golan Brewery.

5.5% ABV

42 IBU

(3.71)

262 Ratings

Added 06/12/15

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The Beer of Milk & Honey

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Stout – Imperial Milk / Sweet

A collaboration brew with Mikkeller. Brewed with lactose, honey, brown sugar and orange zest.

8.4% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.69)

3,883 Ratings

Added 09/05/16

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Ronen The Ugly Beer (הבירה המכוערת)

Srigim (שריגים)

IPA – American

Strong IPA with lychee and passion fruit aroma, pink grapefruit in taste. Gold medal winner at BIRA 2011 Competition. Awarded 2013 Best Beer in Israel… Read More

6.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.69)

435 Ratings

Added 08/03/12

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5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.68)

370 Ratings

Added 07/14/11

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Embargo (אמברגו)

Herzl (הרצל)

Porter – Other

Cuban tobacco leaf Porter

6% ABV

25 IBU

(3.67)

352 Ratings

Added 01/06/15

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9.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.64)

234 Ratings

Added 01/21/14

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Midnight Stout

The Dancing Camel Brewing Co., Ltd.

Stout – Other

Black as coal with a creamy tan head, thick as the afternoon haze over Tel Aviv. Signature stout roastiness provides notes of espresso and Turkish coffee,… Read More

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.62)

239 Ratings

Added 07/05/12

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Black (בלאק)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Porter – Other

Exported as “Black Israeli Porter”. A rosted flavor with chocolaty aroma, a high but delicate alcoholic sense

7% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.61)

770 Ratings

Added 12/20/12

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8.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.59)

291 Ratings

Added 03/18/12

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8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.59)

374 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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Hindi IPA

Malka (מלכה)

IPA – American

6.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.58)

371 Ratings

Added 02/08/14

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Dry Stout (כהה)

Malka (מלכה)

Stout – Other

Light and extremely balanced with hints of fruit leather, fig and currant

6% ABV

40 IBU

(3.58)

2,334 Ratings

Added 11/01/13

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Porter Alon (Oak Porter)

Negev Brewery

Porter – Other

Cloudy dark porter, ages with oak chips which provide a creamy and reach flavor. Delicate bitterness and a full body beer

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.58)

351 Ratings

Added 03/08/12

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5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.58)

224 Ratings

Added 10/17/12

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8.8

Jem’s Beer Factory

Belgian Strong Golden Ale

8.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.58)

574 Ratings

Added 02/05/12

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Amber ale

Jem’s Beer Factory

Red Ale – American Amber / Red

5.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.57)

292 Ratings

Added 10/17/12

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Ipa וזה…

Herzl (הרצל)

IPA – American

7% ABV

51 IBU

(3.57)

409 Ratings

Added 11/06/13

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Leche Del Diablo

The Dancing Camel Brewing Co., Ltd.

Witbier

A Wit with a bite, the Diablo is a chili-pepper wheat beer for people who don’t love chili-pepper beers. The easy drinkability of a Wit with the slow-building… Read More

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.57)

261 Ratings

Added 07/05/12

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Fat Cat Pale Ale

Beer Bazaar / Mivshelet Ha’Aretz

Pale Ale – American

בירה טרייה בסגנון פייל אייל קליל וטעים Originally was brewed as Carmel pale ale by Mivshelet Ha’am, then brewed in Srigim.…

5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.56)

352 Ratings

Added 11/25/13

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Stout

Jem’s Beer Factory

Stout – Other

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.55)

150 Ratings

Added 11/09/12

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5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.55)

284 Ratings

Added 07/27/12

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7.5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.55)

464 Ratings

Added 11/29/13

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Pale Ale (פייל אייל)

Shapiro (שפירא)

Pale Ale – American

Also labeled as “Purim Edition” for Purim Jewish Holiday.

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.55)

560 Ratings

Added 02/27/12

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Negev Amber Ale

Negev Brewery

Red Ale – American Amber / Red

Reddish amber colored beer. Nice balance between the sweetness of caramel malt and on the other hand fresh hop bitterness.

4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.54)

467 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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5.1% ABV

17 IBU

(3.54)

247 Ratings

Added 08/22/12

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5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.53)

380 Ratings

Added 02/27/12

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IPA

Jem’s Beer Factory

IPA – American

6% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.53)

184 Ratings

Added 06/19/14

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Eve

The Dancing Camel Brewing Co., Ltd.

Blonde Ale

All natural, bright as sunshine with a firm body that you can sink your teeth into. The Mother of all beers, light, refreshing and bubbly as a Blond Ale… Read More

4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.53)

183 Ratings

Added 07/05/12

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Bazelet Pilsner (בזלת פילזנר)

Golan Brewery (מבשלת הגולן)

Pilsner – Czech

A tasty lager, hearty and smooth

4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.52)

213 Ratings

Added 06/29/12

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5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.51)

222 Ratings

Added 06/22/12

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8% ABV

30 IBU

(3.51)

205 Ratings

Added 11/06/13

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6.4% ABV

22 IBU

(3.51)

518 Ratings

Added 10/13/11

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Blazer (בלייזר)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Belgian Tripel

Brewed in collaboration with Blazer magazine.

8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.5)

198 Ratings

Added 12/29/13

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Shesh Ahuz Kapara (שש אחוז כפרה)

Herzl (הרצל)

English Mild Ale

Imperial Mandatory Mild

6% ABV

33 IBU

(3.5)

204 Ratings

Added 11/06/13

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Blonde Ale (בהירה)

Malka (מלכה)

Blonde Ale – Belgian Blonde / Golden

6.5% ABV

30 IBU

(3.5)

1,677 Ratings

Added 07/31/12

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Oasis

Negev Brewery

Blonde Ale

Golden and light, quenching and refreshing as a bursting spring at the heart of the desert

4.7% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.49)

381 Ratings

Added 08/06/13

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Ambrée (אמברה)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Bière de Garde

Top fermented ale with an amber, clear, off-white foamy head. Malt, caramel, forest earth and spices on the nose. Tastes balanced with malt up front and… Read More

5.7% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.48)

351 Ratings

Added 03/30/12

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Green (גרין)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

IPA – American

The second in the seasonal beers series by Alexander brewery – the Green is a hoppy beer based on the known IPA style but with an Israeli twist. The hops… Read More

6% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.48)

969 Ratings

Added 08/24/12

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5% ABV

20 IBU

(3.46)

276 Ratings

Added 02/14/13

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Pils

Jem’s Beer Factory

Pilsner – Czech

Czech style Pilsner. Relabeled as “MTA” for Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team.

5% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.44)

294 Ratings

Added 06/18/11

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5.5% ABV

40 IBU

(3.44)

1,938 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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Blonde (בלונד)

Alexander (אלכסנדר)

Blonde Ale

Our Blonde has floral and fruity aromas and a heavenly balance between hop’s bitterness and malt’s sweetness

5.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.42)

483 Ratings

Added 07/20/12

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Goldstar Unfiltered

Tempo Beer Industries Ltd (טמפו)

Lager – Dunkel Munich

Special unfiltered version of the classic Goldstar

4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.34)

1,110 Ratings

Added 03/13/13

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7.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.31)

319 Ratings

Added 12/01/14

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4.9% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.2)

5,375 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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Nesher (נשר)

Tempo Beer Industries Ltd (טמפו)

Lager – Euro

הבירה הראשונה שיוצרה בישראל. בירת לאגר בהירה וקלה, מיוצרת מדגנים נוספים מלבד שעורה,…

3.8% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.2)

180 Ratings

Added 12/17/12

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Tuborg Red (Israel)

Israel Beer Breweries Ltd. (IBBL)

Lager – Vienna

Genuine quality – Rich Taste

5.2% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.18)

1,287 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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0.3% ABV

N/A IBU

(3.16)

162 Ratings

Added 01/03/11

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Mosco Blond

Mosco (מוסקו)

Blonde Ale

Blond Strong Ale Mountain Beer. Hand Made.

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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WATERMELON……..MMMMMMMMMMMM

For us, the best part of summer is watermelon.  Here in Israel, watermelons are already at peak sweetness and will continue that way through the rest of the summer.

Here is a great serving idea for watermelon:

Take a really big bowl  Fill it with chunks of sweet watermelon.

Finely chop nana (Moroccan mint) Spearmint will also do well

Sprinkle the nana on the watermelon chunks

Drizzle with fresh lemon juice.

Voila!

 

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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CHOCOLATE CHIP NOODLE KUGEL

This is an encore presentation from 2005.  We only recently found the recipe hiding in our recipe folder.  We had never made it before.  Now we can say that this is amazing.

CHOCOLATE CHIP NOODLE KUGEL

We got this recipe from the Jewish food list.

1/2 lb. medium noodles or chocolate noodles
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream (or vanilla yogurt)
1/2 lb. cottage cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup butter or margarine, butter is better
3/4 cup chocolate chips
cornflake crumbs

Boil noodles and drain in cold water.

In bowl, beat together eggs and sugar. Then add cottage cheese, sour cream and vanilla. Melt butter and use 1/2 in the mixture; (save the rest). Fold in the noodles and chips to the mixture.

In 9″x13″ pan put rest of the melted butter on the bottom and sprinkle corn flakes over the butter. Fold in the noodle mix.

Bake at 350F for one hour or until brown.

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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KOSHER MEAT FRAUD IN ISRAEL

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST, JUNE 20, 2017

A severe incident of kashrut fraud has come to light in which meat that in all likelihood was not kosher was used to make processed meat products such as sausages, salamis and cold cuts with a kashrut license from the Jerusalem Rabbinate.

In addition, the kashrut inspector at the factory knew of this situation but continued to allow the factory to operate in this manner while granting it a kashrut license and failing to report the situation to the Jerusalem Rabbinate or the Chief Rabbinat

Furthermore, the inspector knew the factory had no designated kashrut supervisor from the Jerusalem Rabbinate, meaning that the plant was entirely without physical kashrut supervision for a period of at least 18 months.

Kashrut supervisors are appointed by local rabbinates to be physically present at a food business for at least one hour a day, while kashrut inspectors oversee the correct functioning of numerous kashrut supervisors at numerous businesses.

The factory in question is the Bisan plant in the Atarot Industrial Zone in Jerusalem. Some of its products are marketed under the “Beit Shean” brand, while other products simply bear the name “Bisan.”

A statement distributed by the Chief Rabbinate’s Kashrut Enforcement Division instructed consumers who are concerned about kashrut not to purchase the products and to report establishments that are selling them.

According to one well-placed source, the factory was producing kosher products during one half of the week and nonkosher products during the other half. Therefore, the source said it was not yet clear if non kosher meat was used in the products intended for the kosher market.

Even if this were the case, the use of non kosher meat in a factory processing plant would almost certainly mean that any other products made there would not be kosher.

A source within the Jerusalem Rabbinate insisted that the meat found at the factory was without the necessary signatures and written certifications, and said that since there had been no kashrut supervisor at the factory for such a long time the meat had to be considered non kosher.

The Bisan plant has a kashrut license from the Jerusalem Rabbinate, but has had no kashrut supervisor working at the site since some time in 2015 – a fact which would have been known to the kashrut inspector.  Despite this, the inspector continued to grant Bisan’s various meat products the Jerusalem Rabbinate’s kashrut stamp, likely knowing the factory was also producing nonkosher products.

According to the source in the Jerusalem Rabbinate, the situation was discovered when one of its kashrut supervisors noticed that Bisan products had a kashrut stamp when he knew for certain that no kashrut supervisor was working at the factory.

He then informed a kashrut inspector he knew about the situation who, in turn, alerted the Chief Rabbinate’s unit for kashrut fraud, which, together with agents from the Health Ministry, raided the factory earlier this month and confiscated and destroyed 10 tons of poultry meat.

Tens of thousands of counterfeit kashrut labels were also found and confiscated.

In addition to the lack of kashrut standards, the conditions at the factory were found to be in contravention of Health Ministry regulations, which the ministry said could pose health hazards to consumers of these products.

Officials in the Jerusalem Rabbinate did not answer a request for comment as to how it was possible that a meat factory under its auspices and granted its kashrut license did not have an allocated kashrut supervisor.

The office of Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern said that since the incident was still under investigation he could not comment, but stated that, if it was true, the Jerusalem Rabbinate would fire the kashrut inspector responsible and would “tighten regulations and oversight” to prevent such problems from recurring in the future.

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Note how Chief Rabbi Stern took no responsibility.   Shameful.

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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CRUNCHY CAULIFLOWER AND TOMATO SALAD

FROM ALL RECIPES.COM

We saw this one on line, and it caught our eye.  We made it.  We loved it.

 

Directions

  • Prep

    15 m

  • Ready In

    45 m

  1. Whisk olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until dressing is smooth.
  2. Mix cauliflower, red onion, parsley, and garlic together in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over cauliflower mixture; toss to coat. Gently fold tomatoes into salad. Chill salad in refrigerator up to 3 hours before serving.
Posted on June 22, 2017 at 12:04 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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“SACRED COWS AND HOLY WARS”

BY  Kenneth Lasson

The subtitle to the book is   Verities and Vageries in Deciding What’s Kosher and What’s Not  (Carolina Academic Press)

 

A few days after reading our four part series (They Sold Us A Bill Of Goods), a friend handed us the above mentioned book.  As much as every crime TV show hammers into our head that there is no such thing as a coincidence, the truth is that the book and our article happen to be coincidentally on the same topic.

The book begins with a history of commercial kosher supervision in New York City.  Even back then, corruption was rampant. Battles between the butchers and the shochtim often turned bloody.  People who thought they were keeping kosher were, in fact, often eating trefe, out and out trefe.

Many of the topics we covered in our four part series are covered in much greater detail in the pages of this fine book.

Buy the book, and be enlightened.  Buy the book, and be afraid.  Buy the book, and learn the truth.

 

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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IMPORTANT INFO FROM THE OU ON DAIRY EQUIPMENT

The Silk non dairy Milks are labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment).

The following products are labeled OUD, but in fact, its true status, at the present time, is DE (Dairy Equipment):
Haagen Dazs Chocolate Sorbet
Haagen Dazs Cranberry Blueberry Sorbet
Haagen Dazs Mango Sorbet
Haagen Dazs Orchard Peach Sorbet
Haagen Dazs Raspberry Sorbet
Haagen Dazs Strawberry Sorbet
Haagen Dazs Zesty Lemon Sorbet

Bark thins

Cracker Jack Original

CVS and Ludens cough drops

Kirkland Signature dark chocolate super fruits

Crunchmaster baked kale crackers
Crunchmaster Multigrain – Sea Salt Rice Cracker
Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers
Crunchmaster Multigrain Crackers 5 Seed
Crunchmaster Original Multiseed Crackers
Crunchmaster Sea Salt Edamame Chips
Crunchmaster Toasted Sesame Baked Rice Crisps
Crunchmaster toasted sesame, brown rice and chick pea crackers

 

What does DE mean? Parve products made with heat on dairy equipment may be eaten after meat, but not with meat.

Some kashrus agencies use a DE symbol, but the OU has chosen not to use a DE designation because it is felt it may be confusing to the kosher consumer. Also, to be a true DE product, the equipment must be properly cleaned of residue after dairy production, and that level of cleanliness is sometimes difficult to maintain and guarantee.

At the present time the following Oreo Sandwich Cookies do not contain dairy ingredients, though they are manufactured on dairy equipment:

– Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies
– Oreo Double Stuf Sandwich Cookies
– Oreo Original Mega Stuff Sandwich Cookie
– Mini Original Oreo Sandwich Cookies
– Chocolate Oreo Sandwich Cookies
– Golden Oreo Sandwich Cookies
– Triple Double Oreo Sandwich Cookies
– Oreo Thins Sandwich Cookies

The equipment is not necessarily cleaned before the production of these cookies, and there may be a small amount of dairy residue present. Nonetheless, the dairy component would be minimal, and from a Halachic perspective, the dairy residue is nullified (botel bishishim) and of no consequence. The bottom line of all this is that these cookies may be consumed after meat and poultry, but not simultaneously.

Please note that it is possible that the manufacturer will reformulate this product and add a true dairy ingredient. You will not be able to know this, since the OUD kosher symbol will remain the same. We recommend that you call our office every 3 months to reconfirm the DE status of this product.

The Mrs. T’s Classic Onion Pierogies are actual dairy.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us again should you have any further questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Web(be) Rebbe

Orthodox Union Kashruth Division

Posted on June 20, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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SIXTEEN NEW UNILEVER FROZEN TREATS

PRESS RELEASE

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Unilever introduced 16 new frozen treats in 2017 across five of its brands: Breyers®; Good Humor®; Klondike®; MAGNUM® Ice Cream; and Popsicle®. New offerings include Breyers® first-ever, non-dairy line made with almond milk; a new Simply Popsicle® line made with colors and flavors from natural sources and more options that appeal to a variety of tastes and preferences from Good Humor®, Klondike® and MAGNUM® Ice Cream. The new treats are currently available in grocery stores nationwide.

Popsicle® Brand Introduces Simply Popsicle® Ice Pops

Popsicle® has been iconic to kids and parents alike since 1905. This summer, the brand introduces Simply Popsicle®, an ice pop made with real cane sugar and with flavors and colors from natural sources. The new line contains no high-fructose corn syrup and has 40 calories per pop. These varieties are sure to appeal to the whole family and come in four simply refreshing packs:

Simply Popsicle® Strawberry-Banana and Mango pairs icy-cold tropical Mango flavored pops and smoothie-licious Strawberry-Banana flavored pops together for a sweet, summer duo.

Simply Popsicle® Berry and Pineapple offers juicy Berry and tangy Pineapple flavored pops for a refreshing summertime treat.

Simply Popsicle® Orange, Cherry or Grape features the classic fruit flavors consumers know and love, made with real cane sugar and natural flavors.

Simply Popsicle® Strawberry and Raspberry couples fruity Strawberry flavored pops and frosty Raspberry flavored pops in one box.

Consumers can also find new Popsicle® pops in some of their favorite movie characters and flavors. Just look for the signature yellow box, now available in more than 20 unique flavors.

This year, new varieties include:

Popsicle® Star Wars™ Ice Pops are inspired by the iconic lightsabers in the Star Wars™ films, and come in three fruit flavors: First Order Cherry, Blue Raspberry Resistance and Galactic Watermelon.

Popsicle® Despicable Me Minions™ Ice Pops are inspired by Minions™ characters and come in two flavors, Compai Blue Raspberry and Bello Yellow Lemonade.

Popsicle® Sours are refreshing ice pops with bold, sour flavors and bright colors.

Popsicle® Banana and Lemon-Lime are ice pops with new, fun Banana and Lemon-Lime flavors.

Breyers® Expands to Include Non-Dairy Options; Non-GMO Sourced Ingredients in Six Flavors and New Varieties

Breyers® always starts with high quality ingredients.  Its pledge to quality has made the brand a family favorite since 1866.  This summer, Breyers is introducing its first-ever Non-Dairy line, available in two flavors:

Breyers® Non-Dairy Vanilla Peanut Butter, made with almond milk, offers real vanilla and luscious peanut butter to give a Breyers® moment that’s completely non-dairy.  Plus, it’s made with non-GMO sourced ingredients.

Breyers® Non-Dairy Oreo® Cookies & Cream, featuring a family favorite combination of Oreo® cookies and Breyers® vanilla, is now completely non-dairy!  Satisfy your cookie craving with a creamy vanilla almond milk dessert filled with Oreo® cookies.

Breyers® also is proud to announce that six of America’s favorite flavors are now made with non-GMO sourced ingredients, including: Breyers® Natural Vanilla; Breyers® Chocolate; Breyers® Vanilla, Chocolate; Breyers® Natural Strawberry; Breyers® Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry; and Breyers® Mint Chocolate Chip.

In addition, Breyers® is unveiling three new flavors to its Original line with more than 30 varieties to choose from:

Breyers® Chocolate Mint is a rich dark chocolate ice cream experience with chocolate chips swirled with mint ice cream. Its crisp, real mint extract is a complement to intense, bold chocolate.

Breyers® Cinnamon Swirl couples real cinnamon sugar and Breyers® signature vanilla together for a pairing of flavors.

Breyers® Butterscotch Blondie features sweet blondie pieces scattered throughout subtle vanilla ice cream to bring out the brown sugar and buttery flavors of butterscotch. It’s a butterscotch lover’s dream!

Breyers Gelato Indulgences™ Adds a New Trio of Indulgent Flavors

Breyers Gelato Indulgences™ launched in 2014 with its trio of textures: creamy gelato, luscious sauce and gourmet toppings. This summer, Breyers Gelato Indulgences™ is introducing three new indulgent flavors:

Breyers Gelato Indulgences™ Cookie Dough is a combination of sweet cream gelato paired with a rich fudge swirl and gourmet chocolate chip cookie dough pieces.

Breyers Gelato Indulgences™ Pistachio Biscotti features pistachio-flavored gelato with a rich pistachio swirl and gourmet biscotti crumble for a pistachio lover’s dream come true!

Breyers Gelato Indulgences™ Cinnamon Roll blends creamy vanilla-cinnamon gelato with indulgent cinnamon sugar and a gourmet baked cinnamon topping.

Good Humor® Brings Oreo® Cones to More Consumers

Good Humor® has been reimagining America’s favorite candies and desserts as frozen treats for more than 95 years. Whether on sticks, as sandwiches or on cones, the brand features a variety of frozen treats that everyone in the family will love. And this year, Good Humor® has partnered with America’s #1 cookie to bring an exciting new variety from the ice cream truck to the grocery store:

Good Humor®Oreo® Cone is a crispy chocolatey cone filled with sweet vanilla frozen dessert, blended and topped with Oreo® pieces, now available in a pack of four.

Klondike® Adds to the Variety with New Stick-less Bar

Famous for the original Klondike® bar and varieties like the Choco Taco, Klondike® is expanding its line of classic, stick-less bars to include 14 varieties of loaded ice cream in a chocolatey shell with the launch of a new bar.

Klondike® Brownie Fudge Swirl Bar features gooey, fudgy swirls churned through rich chocolate ice cream covered in thick milk-chocolate.

MAGNUM® Ice Cream Expands Doubles Offerings to Include Two New Varieties

Following the launch of two successful varieties in 2016, MAGNUM® Ice Cream – the only ice cream bar in the U.S. made with Belgian Chocolate – is expanding its MAGNUM® Doubles ice cream line with yet again two new varieties. Featuring two layers of decadent chocolate around a layer of sauce, these new varieties are an addition to the lineup.

MAGNUM® Double Cookies & Cream is made with cookies and cream ice cream, chocolate cookie sauce, and a crackling coating made with rich, Belgian chocolate and more cookie pieces.

MAGNUM® Double Chocolate Hazelnut is the balance of chocolate hazelnut ice cream, decadent hazelnut sauce, and a crackling coating made with Belgian chocolate.

 

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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TASTYKAKE SUMMER LINE (OU-D)

PRESS RELEASE

Tastykake Summer Line

New birthday cake and fruit-inspired flavors

Snack brand Tastykake is rolling out a new limited-edeition line of summer items:

Birthday Kake Mini Donuts come in a festive-colored crunch, and are available in multipack bags with an SRP of $2.99 each, or 3.4-ounce six-count single-serve packs with an SRP of $1.79 each.

Blueberry Mini Donuts consist of blueberry-flavored donuts with a powdered sugar coating, available in 14.4-ounce six-count boxes with an SRP of $2.99 each, or 3-ounce six-count single-serve packs with an SRP of $1.79 each.

Blueberry Sweet Rolls are stuffed with a sweet blueberry filling and topped with a rich, creamy icing, available in 14.4-ounce six-count boxes with an SRP of $2.99 each.

In additon, Tastykake is puting out a new spin on its classic Kandy Kakes baked goods: Orange Kreme Kandy Kakes feature a white confectionary-coated cake layered with orange-créme-flavored filling. Multipack boxes with two cakes per pack and six packs per box have an SRP of $4.49 each, and also come in 2-ounce three-count single-serve packs with an SRP of $1.79 each.

 

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THEY SOLD US A BILL OF GOODS PART FOUR

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE FIND ME A MASHGIACH WHO KNOWS SOMETHING

We attended a dairy catered bat mitzvah party.  The family was, and is, rigorously Orthodox.  In the goodie bags, they included M &M bags.  The mashgiach insisted that the candy was not kosher.  I pointed out to him that there was an OU-D on the label.  He told me that he was sorry, but the candy was not on his approved list.  To be frank, how stupid do you have to be to say that the candy is not kosher?  I demanded that he phone his boss/supervisor/rabbi.  I do not know what the rabbi said to him, but the candy remained.

The point is that far too often kosher certification agencies supply mashgichim with no training, no knowledge, and, apparently, no brains.

Our rabbinic group once ordered food for a small dinner from a restaurant under the RCBC (Teaneck,NJ).  We also asked to have one or two waiters serve the food.  The RCBC told us that they would provide waiters who were also mashgichim, but we had to double pay them.  Mind you, we were a group of Orthodox rabbis in the first place. All that was needed was for two people to put the food in the oven and then put it out on the buffet table and do a clean-up.

Two high school Yeshiva students showed up. They did not know what they were doing.  On top of that, having to pay double really rankled.

Some months later, we hired the same restaurant to do the same thing.  The RCBC again told us that we had to hire two boys.  We refused. We said we would do the set up and the clean-up, and for sure we did not need two high school boys to be mashgichim for a room of rabbis whose each individual knowledge was greater than those two fellows.  Note that the food came in sealed containers ready to go into the oven.

The RCBC refused. We argued and got nowhere. Finally, we told them that we would cancel the order and buy food from a vendor not under their supervision.  We phoned the caterer and canceled the order.  And just like that, the RCBC relented.

Was the RCBC was over reaching?  One has to wonder if the boys actually got double pay or not. Anyone want to bet?

Even though glatt meat is treibured (deveined) at the slaughter house, there are still some other veins that have to be removed by the local butcher. One day, we got a phone call from a young boy who was working in the local glatt kosher butcher store.

The local vaad did not see the need for a full time mashgiach, just a nichnas v’yotzei (come and go) one.  The young man had seen us devein meat in a different, and coincidentally not glatt, butcher store.  He watched the mashgiach and noted that he seemed to not know how to do it.  In truth, almost no rabbis do.  It is not their field, unless they work in kosher meat production. Nor do yeshivas train in how to devein meat. The young man said something to us.  We asked careful questions.  We went to the head of the vaad and suggested that they replace the mashgiach with someone who knew what to do. After two weeks, we again went to the head of the vaad and said that if he did not remove that rabbi, we would go public.  The rabbi challenged us on our knowledge. We presented our certification in deveining as issued by the Chief Rabbinate of Jerusalem.  The mashgiach in that store was let go and replaced with someone who knew what he was doing.

Was there fraud involved by selling meat that was not properly deveined? You decide.

We were at an affair where the mashgiach spent much of the night outside in his car watching a ball game.  Apparently his conscience was not bothered by his not earning his pay.

DOES THIS ITEM REALLY NEED CERTIFICATION?

We have seen certified kosher toothpaste.  We have seen certified kosher laundry detergent and dish soap.  The latest craze seems to be kosher vitamins.  Often times, a rabbi or an agency rep will say something like this, “While it is true that vitamins do not require kosher certification, it I always better to use only certified kosher vitamins.’

There is a total lack of logic there.  On what grounds is it better to use a kosher certified vitamin if the vitamin in the first place did not need certification?  Halacha (Jewish law) is abundantly clear that vitamins are not food, they do not satisfy, are not eaten as food, and most of the time taste (a legitimate concern in Jewish law) really bad, and do not require kosher certification.  So, again we ask- why is it better to buy certified kosher vitamins?  Here is a hint- it is a money maker for both the producer and the kosher agency.

One local vaad ran a campaign to have men have their tefillin (phylacteries- used in morning prayer) checked by a “reputable” sofer (scribe).  We shall not argue their use of the word reputable. That was just to make it seem more official and important.

Tefillin never need to be checked. Tefillin have a halachic (Jewish legal) status of always being kosher.  There is one exception: if your tefillin have been in contact with water, they need to be checked as water can damage the parchment within.

When questioned, the agency answered in print saying, “Yes, they are always kosher, but don’t you want to be really sure?”   Kind of like using kosher laundry soap to wash the tablecloth on which you put your kosher dishes upon which you put your kosher food.

EPILOGUE

As we said at the start of this paper, we believe in keeping kosher.  When we started the Kosher Nexus Kosher Newsletter, our goal was to show people that keeping kosher today is not a hardship.  Our motto was, “When kosher news breaks, we fix it.” Unlike other publications who saw disaster behind every situation, we did not, and still do not, “shrei gevalt (scream Oh God!)” at every little thing.

Our approach was totally new in terms of reporting on the kosher scene.  We prefer humor to screaming.  We want Jews to keep kosher.  We do not want to make keeping kosher onerous.

The system, however,  is out of control.  It needs fixing.

 

 

 

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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