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Nov 9, 2009 09:43 AM

Got a stupid question - sorry! Tiny very yellow croutons in the Jewish food section

We recently had a new store open in town and I couldn't be more thrilled. This morning with a little time on my hands I was wandering down the ethnic food aisles and came across these a container filled with a small/tiny very yellow almost golden crouton. There was no information on the container only a photo of a bowl filled with the croutons. I took it to be a bowl of soup, probably wrong.

Can anyone tell me what these are used for?



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  1. If they are what I think they are they are made for soap. They are light and and crackerish, not like toasted bread croutons that you would use on a salad.

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    1. They sound like "mandlen" to me - basically little soup nuts - crackers that are put in chicken soup. basically egg and flour.

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      1. re: wozzy

        That term translates as "little almonds" - an alternative to Tam-Tams, the matzoh meal oyster cracker-like things made by Maneschewitz.

      2. They are indeed for soup. They add a bit of crunch and salt (and probably MSG). My husband loves them. They're a staple in many Jewish households for soup for the Sabbath. I think they're flavorless and don't improve any soup I make, but many disagree!

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        1. re: milklady

          I'm not too sure about flavorless, entirely. There seems to me to be the slightest spice bite in them. Probably all the turmeric that gives them the screaming yellow color. The Osem mandlen are primarily an Israeli habit and my daughter fell in love with them after a former teacher had us bring her back as many jars as we could carry. I object to the greasiness, myself.

          But soup? I know that's how you're supposed to eat them but everyone in my house just pours them into their hand and tosses them back like snack food. And they are WAY tastier than Tam Tams (but so is a plain piece of cardboard).

          1. re: rockycat

            When I picked them up and looked at them, that' exactly what my first thought was!
            Yes the color is exactly that of turmeric, and its suppose to be good for you, what a great way to eat it. There didn't appear to be any grease at all, just dry tiny croutons.
            Gonna get them for sure.

        2. They may be tiny croutons made by Osem called mandlen.

          1. Thank you! I will be trying this in my next batch of chicken soup. They look quite good, and I'm all for texture.

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            1. re: chef chicklet

              Just remember, you add these at the table when serving, so they stay crisp. They would get soggy if you added them while cooking. I highly recommend you taste them when you get the jar home, just to test them out. But only if you have willpower, because otherwise the jar will be gone long before the soup is served. They're addictive in that pistachio nut or Cheetohs kind of way, it's hard to stop with just one.