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Sep 18, 2008 08:00 AM

kosher items found in israel not in US

what kosher items have you found in Israel that are not available in US. Please note where you saw those items.

I have heard from people who have found kosher Lindt chocolate at the airport.

I am looking for items one can bring back in their suitcase not restaurants like pizza hut

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  1. Kosher McDonalds - Ben Guron Airport
    Kosher Burger King - Jerusalem
    Kosher Pizza Hut - Jerusalem
    Kosher Sbarro - Jerusalem
    Kosher KFC - Jerusalem

    Comes quickly to mind.

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    1. re: MartyB

      I've brought interesting products back from Israel in my luggage... only to find them on my next shopping trip to Wasserman's (Queens), Brach's (Five Towns), or some makolet in Brooklyn immediatelly after my return to the States.! Since this has happened to me more than a couple of times, I've basically given up and expect to find everything sold in Israel available in my American neighborhood, sooner or later. Interestingly, I'm finding more and more products at my local stores in all Hebrew packaging, with no English whatsoever!

      1. re: MartyB

        > I am looking for items one can bring back in their suitcase not restaurants like pizza hut

        I did not see this line in OP post, so I retract my reply. Still would be nice if more major chains open a few kosher stores.

        1. re: MartyB

          A bit off subject... I think the only Kosher McDonalds outside of Israel is in Buenos Aires

        2. If you like sticky, gooey rugelach- Marzipan near the shuk in Jerusalem.

          1. I like certain varieties of Elite chocolate that are not available here, and I have brought home a few bottles & jars of some ingredients for cooking (for instance, I found curry paste a couple of years ago). I also usually pick up some varieties of tea (some Wissotzky flavors not seen here, and some from England), but as the years go by, I have been finding fewer and fewer things there are you can't get here, as midasgold said.

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            1. re: queenscook

              has anyone found interesting cheeses or special vinegars?

              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                Last November I went into a cheese store in one the the crossing corridors at the Machane Yehuda market and bought 3 chunks of kosher Parmesan cheese, which I hauled home with ruggies and a chocolate pull-apart cake from Marzipan.
                I would love to have good cheeses here!

                1. re: p.j.

                  I have seen in Teaneck lots of different israeli cheeses. You should also try 5 spokes

                  1. re: p.j.

                    Kosher parmesan is definitely available in the US, at least in NYC. I've seen it at Fairway and Supersol.

                    1. re: masteraleph

                      Thanks. I live in St. Louis, where Israeli cheeses are few and deliveries sporadic. Next time I am up East I will endeavor to get to Fairway. Does the store up at 13Xth St. and Riverside carry them?
                      Thanks again, p.j.

                      1. re: p.j.

                        I bought a wedge of kosher Parm there about five weeks ago. There was only one option, a brand whose name is partly covered on my wedge by the Fairway label - I can make out Pieffe di (something)cini dr. Pietro. Be warned - it's $27.96/pound!

                        1. re: GilaB

                          Thanks, GilaB.
                          Ouch. Is the Parmesan at least delicious? Actually, I think I spent about $40 on the 3 chunks in Jerusalem. And that was at at 4:1 exchange rate!

                          1. re: p.j.

                            Never having had 'real' Parmesan before, I don't have anything to compare it to. I was expecting it to be more strongly flavored, but I do find that it adds a richness and depth of flavor to some foods (like soups.) On the other hand, it totally faded into a pesto that I made, to the point that I was sorry I hadn't used the cheap stuff.

                            My husband, who is less of a foodie than I but a bigger fan of cheese in general, has been grating it on top of pretty much everything dairy that I've served of late.

                            Note that you don't really have an option as to how much you want, since the cheese comes precut into approximately one-pound wedges. You can't buy an ounce or two to try it out.

                            1. re: GilaB

                              I bought the kosher brand of real parm in Fairway, only to see the same exact thing in Wegman's a few weeks later. In Fairway it was $28/pound, but in Wegman's $18 or $20.

                              It wasn't in the cheese section, but on a refrigerated shelf on top of the Hebrew National hot dogs and other 'kosher style' items.

                2. re: queenscook

                  Thank you for reminding me, Queens Cook. A couple of years ago I brought back TEQUILA & LIME flavored Wisotsky tea (I purchased it in the Supersol supermarket next door to the Plaza hotel in Jersusalem). This is one flavor I have yet to find in the USA. (Cute idea, but too bad it didn't taste like tequila -or- lime!) At that same Supersol, I purchased O-K kosher Tic-Tacs (both the mint and orange flavors). Ironically, though they were sold in Israel, and I haven't seen them in the USA, the hechshur was an American one (the O-K) but I believe the product was produced in Ecuador, South America!

                  1. re: midasgold

                    I think I saw kosher tic tacs in teaneck

                    1. re: koshergourmetmart

                      Tic Tacs in Teaneck... I see that alliteration is alive and well on this board!

                3. While Elite chocolate is in the US, there are certain varieties of their chocolate bars that are only in Israel. For example, the chocolate bar with pop rocks in it. I looked all over and couldn't find it in America and even wrote about it here:

                  1. Martini & Rossi Vermouth - kosher version only available in Israel.