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goldiebean Jun 18, 2007 08:30 PM

I'm looking everywhere to find a jar of prepared mole with a hechsher. I've heard that you can buy them in Mexico, but what about online? Or in the LA area? What are the brand names of mole that have hechshers?

Thanks :)

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    shas1 Jun 17, 2008 03:00 PM

    HI All
    I bought in Mexico "La Costena" Mole..im still trying to work out how to verify the hechsher, i can not geth through to the VK hechsher,
    any one has any ideas
    much appreciated

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      midasgold Jun 17, 2008 03:34 PM

      Check out www.kosherquest.com (Rabbi Eidlitz). He's reliable. I'd like to know what he says about the VK Aleph-Aleph hechsher.

      Incidentally, practically all of the large supermarkets in the New York City area have a Mexican section that carries "La Costena" Mole - both the brown and green varieties!

      Many years ago there was a glatt kosher Mexican restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NY that served chicken mole... it was muy delicioso; I don't believe I've seen that dish in any other kosher restaurants.

      Enjoy!

      -Midas

      1. re: midasgold
        Marcharlan Jun 17, 2008 05:41 PM

        WHile I know that everyone needs to check out Hasgachas with their own rabbinical oversight authority, the VK - Alef Alef is the ashkenazi Vaad in Mexico and routinely recognized in my experience. That said, I believe that the mole's may be dairy. If accurate, this would hamper thier use in the traditional applications.

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          shas1 Jun 19, 2008 01:10 PM

          thank you for your answer , im trying to see how i can verify that they are on the VK - Alef Alef, as the website does not see to be working
          thanx

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            mexicanjl Jul 17, 2008 08:46 PM

            Mole La Costenia does no longer have the VK-aleph-aleph in their new jars. If you find one, it is probably an older batch. This one is parve. Donia Maria's brand does not have a written heksher on the label but it's certified kosher, but it's dairy (due to machine, not ingredient). The other one parve and VK-a-a certifed is Mayordomo, but this is more difficult to find in the US.

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              shas1 Aug 4, 2008 01:24 PM

              HI MexicanJl
              thank you for replying, however im still a bit confused is Mole La Costenia kosher, even though the hechsher is not on the jar?
              Much appreciated

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                yoshirulestexas Aug 12, 2008 12:49 AM

                DId anyone ever find a way to get in touch with the VK Aleph Aleph? I tried their website and two emails and got nothing. Any Ideas?

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                  mexicanjl Aug 20, 2008 08:27 PM

                  Hi Shas1,
                  Unfortunately I'm no longer sure. It used to be, but the fact that it used to have the hecksher and it now doesn't, makes me wonder if it lost the certification due to not passing the last supervision, or just because of not paying the fee for the supervision. I have no access to their latest published list of supervised products. If you find a jar with the VK-a-a it is probably an older batch and it would be safe to assume that it was still kosher.

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          lakamen Jan 26, 2008 07:15 AM

          I have a simple recipe for mole that is easy, one pan and takes about 30 minutes. It is easy to do kosher, as I have done it for my inlaws. If you want the recipe, please let me know.

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            KosherKing Jan 29, 2008 11:42 AM

            I don't believe mole can be kosher, as it doesn't chew its cud.

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              mexicanjl Apr 8, 2008 09:32 AM

              You do know that mole is a sauce made from dry chilli peppers, chocolate, seeds and other veggie ingredients, right ?

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              paprkutr Apr 8, 2008 08:02 PM

              Would love to have the recipe, if it is not too much trouble for you to post. TIA

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                mexicanjl Apr 9, 2008 06:51 AM

                Here is one if you are brave enough to make it from scratch:

                http://www.ramekins.com/mole/molepobl...

                For a quick fix, you can buy mole "Dona Maria" wherever they have Mexican groceries and dilute the paste with half chicken broth, half tomato puree, and add some additional bittersweet chocolate and sugar to taste (this is much better than just adding water as it says on the jar). Add the liquid to the paste slowly stiring to avoid lumps, and then stir constantly at low heat to avoid burning it at the bottom.

                Enjoy !!

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                  normalheightsfoodie Apr 9, 2008 01:25 PM

                  I just checked the Trader Joes website, and they do not list mole on their kosher list, but it might be worth a visit.

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                    mexicanjl Apr 9, 2008 02:17 PM

                    I saw TJ's mole once but it didn't have a hecksher.

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              bfarkas Dec 31, 2007 09:01 PM

              If you're STILL looking, after those last few great answers, I have one lead. Smokey Joes, a kosher Tex-Mex restaurant in Teaneck, NJ, serves Mole dishes. The owner is a very nice guy. I'm sure one phone call will be all it takes to find out where he gets his Mole. Or if he makes his own, maybe he bottles it for sale!

              1. Eat_Nopal Jun 20, 2007 12:41 PM

                Zahabi is a certified kosher Mole according to Kosher.mx For a list of other Kosher products from Mexico:

                http://www.kosher.com.mx/pcategorias.php

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                  goldiebean Jun 24, 2007 07:33 PM

                  THANK YOU!!!

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                    mexicanjl Dec 18, 2007 01:54 PM

                    Not all Kosher Mexican products have a hecksher on the label, eventhough these are certified and published in a book with the community. Mole "Dona Maria" is the easiest brand to find in the states, with the only problem that it is dairy. You may find also mole "La Costena", pareve that has the VK-aleph-aleph hecksher. Another good one is the brand "Mayordomo" that doesn't have a hecksher on the label but it is definetely certified by VK-aleph-aleph. The first 2 brands I mention can be found in a MExican grocery store or some times in the Mexican/Latin section of your supermarket. Good luck.

                2. Sam Fujisaka Jun 18, 2007 08:34 PM

                  What a great cross-cultural/cross-religious request! A reason I enjoy CH.

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                    goldiebean Jun 19, 2007 12:21 AM

                    Thanks! I hope somebody out there can help. I just found CH, I'm so excited to find other foodies out there!

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                      DeisCane Jun 19, 2007 06:06 AM

                      I have never seen any with hechschers. Maybe you could make your own? There are some simple recipes on the web for it.

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