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Apr 1, 2008 06:48 AM

Passover Snack Help

#1 - I live in the kosher wastelands of North Carolina. It's tough and very expensive to get KP food here.

#2 - I got myself named "snack mom" for the week of Chol HaMoed so that my kid could actually eat snack at school that week.

#3 - No Tam-Tams available this year. The few stores here that even have Passover food have Manishcewitz almost exclusively so I don't have the option of other brands.

What do I send to school?

I don't mind baking and I laid in a small stock of KP Cabot cheese. There's always fresh fruit and I thought about deviled eggs. The 25 kids are between 3 and 6 years old. Candy is unacceptable to the school.

Anyone have any good ideas?

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  1. To clarify--all your ingredients must be labeled Kosher for Passover? And are all sweets verboten or just candy?

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    1. re: Velda Mae

      Yes, if you make something for Passover, all of the ingredients that aren't fresh produce need to be Kosher for Passover. This will exclude basically anything containing wheat, oats, or barley, other than matza and things made from ground-up matza, and if the poster is Ashkenazic (of Central/Eastern European extraction, like most American Jews), it also excludes anything corn, rice, or soy based, among other things.

      1. re: GilaB

        Not necessarily. I'm Jewish with a rabbi in the family but our requirements aren't that strict, which is why I asked the question. I live in Boston where even products like seltzer are marked KP but in North Carolina, rockycat's options may be more limited if certification is required.

    2. How about a trail mix? You can do almonds and dried fruit and even flaked cocoanut and if it's not verboten you can add chocolate chips or carob chips or yogurt raisinets to the mix for a little fun.

      I've also notices that there are kosher for passover granolas on many recipe websites. While they don't have the fiber of the real thing they can be mixed with yogurt or milk or just eaten dray as a snack.

      How about fruit yogurts? Is that acceptable?

      Are almond macaroons ok or is no sugar permitted?

      Dips and veggies are possible I would imagine. You can either make a spinach artichoke dip and cut up veggies. Put the dip in a hollowed out pepper for interest. If you can't for KOP mayo you can pretty easily make your own just remember - no mustard - it's not KOP for a ridiculous reason but there you are.

      I'll try to think up some more.

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      1. re: KingsKetz

        Thanks. Those are some good thoughts. I can get KP mayo. I can also get KP mango chutney, but no borsht. Weirdness, yes. Staples, no.

        Sugars are acceptable but there is supposed to be some semblance of "healthiness" to the snacks. There's a little room for interpretation there but I don't want to get the teachers too ticked off.

        We don't do kitniyot (ie, we're Ashkenazi) so that let's out a lot of things. I didn't even know there was such a thing as KP yogurt. Do you know if any of the major brands go KP? The only KP dairy we see is generally Breakstone's and then not always.

      2. what about finding an online resource to order KOP ingredients?

        Order it now/tomorrow and you should have it by when you need it.

        1. Is your school open to making this an educational experience? You could make some mini-versions of traditional food, and they could be a jumping-off point for discussion. (I went to a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic school where this was common, not sure if that's done in North Carolina.) I'm thinking things like mini matzah meal pancakes, matzah kugel made in muffin cups, that sort of thing.

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          1. re: looz

            Frankly, I'm a little surprised the teacher hasn't already asked me. But I am the token Jewish mom in the class so I get hit up for each holiday. I find Passover a bit too stressful to be trying to educate anyone outside of my immediate family. I also find myself very easily overwhelmed by even a well-behaved mob of kindergarteners. Objectively, looz, it's a great idea. Given the person involved (me), however, I need to give it a miss.

          2. How about an apple/walnut charoset, made with grape juice? That should be easy enough to do KP, and sweet, yet healthy.