Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Krembos Have Arrived!

27 of the Seventh Month 5768

KremboA week ago, NRG, the Israeli daily Ma'ariv's on-line edition, reported that fall is indeed just around the corner, due to the reappearance of Krembos (Hebrew).

(*Warning: Original link contains cartoon pritzes.)

For those of you who do not know what a "Krembo" is, it's kind of like a Mallomar,...but not. Wikipedia lists a reasonable description in Hebrew. But, when the English link is clicked, the following appears:

Chocolate-covered marshmallow wafer

A Chocolate-covered marshmallow wafer is a confection known under different names in different countries.

The HUTZPAH! Lumping Krembos together with the less than adequate substitutes from other countries!

Anyway, one of Krembos' crucial functions is that they serve as an Israeli ice cream substitute during the colder months of the year. Starting around now, ice cream starts to dwindle, and eventually becomes almost impossible to find until next spring.

Why this phenomenal change-over occurs in Israel, I have no idea. Much of the country just does not get THAT cold to warrant the absence of ice cream. I suppose that there are just not enough winter ice cream-eaters to justify winter ice cream production.

So, pass the Krembos, please.

11 comments:

Rafi G said...

ichsa. I hate krembo

Ben-Yehudah said...

Blasphemer!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Krembo is good, ice cream is good stuff too. And don't worry, I can find ice cream anytime ;-)

Ben-Yehudah said...

DO tell! Inquiring minds want to know.

Jacob Da Jew said...

Ah..Krembos..

One can never get enough of them..well, until we snatched a whole box of them in yeshiva from the office and engorged on them until we were totally sick of them.

Haven't had one in years..can't say I miss em.

Mr Bagel said...

How high are Krembos?
How do they come, in a packet of 12?
Mr Bagel

Ben-Yehudah said...

8, 16, and 40, as far as I can recall.

Shmuel Sokol said...

when I was in yeshiva (OJ) back in '01 we had a special crembo ritual every sunday night. There was a sign in the beis medrash which read "Crembos for late night shteigers" and told everyone to arrive at 12"30 for the ceremony. One of the Rabbanim (name withheld to protect his identity and that of his family) would stand on a raised ledge with two hooded and cloaked shana betters in front of a shtender singing a crembo niggun while everyone else would stand shoulder to shoulder arms linked below, belting out the simple lyrics "creeeeeeembooooooo, creeeeeeemmmmmmbooooo, creeeeeemmmmboooooooo". There would be a short crembo related homily ("moshe kibel crembo..." or some such) and then everyone would line up for their sacrament. Saving the wrapper to be added to the holy crembo ball (seriously!) everyone would eat some pretzels and soda (bc of a safek bracha on crembos) first and then partake of the crembo. after that the wrappers would be added to the holy ball and the ball presented for the approval of the cultists (sorry i mean bochurim).

Ben-Yehudah said...

Wow, Shmu'el, I never knew anyone liked Krembos that much!

RR said...

Yuck, I can't stand krembos. The wafer is tasteless, the "cream" is thin and watery, and the chocolate covering isn't any better. Even my sabra kids don't like 'em! I think I even wrote a blog post on my krembo-hatred last year!

Ben-Yehudah said...

Oooh! If you find the link to it, please post it here!

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