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Oct 14, 2013 08:45 AM

Bols Advocaat

Does anyone know anything about the kashrut status of Bols Advocaat (eggnog liquor) made in Holland and sold in the US? I have bought it abroad and loved it, and I saw it in a store near where I live.

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  1. The LBD says it's kosher and parev. So are Cooymans, Herman Jansen, and Warninks. They were unable to get information about Verpoorten, so they don't recommend it.

    1. The answer is essentially the same as everything else on the LBD list- if you don't think that liqueurs need a hechsher as long as their ingredients are fine (the LBD's position), then it's fine. If you think (like most of the US kashrut agencies) that it does need supervision, then it's problematic.

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      1. re: masteraleph

        Thank you Master Aleph! I had no idea what the issue was.

        1. re: masteraleph

          In that case, Herman Jansen is certified

          1. re: zsero

            This makes no sense. Since when do we trust foods by reading ingredients lists? No one has been doing that since I was a kid. (my husband says, "the alcohol kills the trefe.")

            I thought the LBD was very strict.

            I can't get Herman Jensen where I live.

            1. re: SoCal Mother

              More likely that UK labeling laws are strict and provide the detail to allow for paskening based on ingredients.

              1. re: SoCal Mother

                To my understanding, the LBD visits the plant to see what they're using and talk about what they've done in the past, but they don't actually maintain regular supervision with random inspections, etc. Take a look at their search and note the different categories: if it's supervised by the LBD it'll say KLBD, if it's supervised by another hashgacha it'll have an S. Bols Advocaat has neither, and is merely designated Parev, rather than S Parev or KLBD Pareve.

                1. re: masteraleph

                  Yup. Heckshers aren't big business in Europe the way they are here. It's more of a service to the community than anything. Bols advocaat is also on the Netherlands' approved list as pareve.

                  That said, I can't say I recommend advocaat from a foodie point of view. The only people I know who like it remember it as a special treat during WWII. My Dutch grandmother not being one of them. I don't mean to sound as judgmental as I probably sound, I'm more confused. I've always put advocaat in the class of foods that you like because of a very particular nostalgic connection but other people see as appetizing as fish fingers and custard.

                  1. re: CloggieGirl

                    I've really liked it when I've tried it, and unfortunately have never seen it sold in my area. I tried bringing it in duty free once, only to have it confiscated due to the liquids restriction when I had to go back through security and recheck my bags in Toronto. Now I know to put duty free items in my luggage before rechecking the bag. Live and learn...