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This year with most men and boys learning at home instead of in shul, what snacks do you plan on preparing to help them along?

This year with most men and boys learning at home instead of in shul, what snacks do you plan on preparing to help them along? Fun ideas for long Yom Tov afternoon treats are welcome too!


My new favorite snack is homemade popcorn — made in a brown paper bag in the microwave. I put about 14 cup of kernels into the paper bag, fold over the top and close with a piece of tape, and nuke on high until I don’t hear popping anymore (roughly 3 minutes). I spray it with Pam (thank you to my cousin Zipporah Freedman for that idea!) and sprinkle sea salt or Trader Joe’s Coffee-Cocoa Sugar spice, if I’m craving something a little sweet. Store it in sandwich sized ziplock bags for portion control and it will stay fresh for a few days.

—Sarah Faygie Berkowitz

Baked apples! Plus a scoop of ice cream for a bonus treat (and on Shavuos it can even be milchig ice cream — since any other type isn’t even worth mentioning…).

—Devorah Cohen

I know that I’ll be eating way too much sugar and dairy on Shavuos as it is. So I’m going to snack on ground nuts sprinkled over Greek yogurt. Might as well get some protein in…

—Chaia Frishman

Frozen grape skewers! You can drizzle with chocolate if you like.

—Estee Kafra

Lately we’ve been buying fresh popcorn from Seasons Express (highly recommended). To jazz it up to Yom Tov level: Lay it on a sheet pan. Break up some pecans or roughly chop some macadamia nuts and sprinkle them over the popcorn with some mini pretzels, then drizzle the whole thing with melted chocolate of your choice.

—Michal Frischman

I like to make “grab-and-go” snacks that the men can take with them (or grab easily at home now) without having to deal with plates and cutlery. Think Muddy Buddies, Rice Krispies treats, chocolate chip cookies, biscotti, and of course popcorn!

—Danielle Renov

A snack for Shavuos night for us would be something that goes with coffee, like chocolate chip cookies or sticks or biscotti.

—Rivky Kleiman

Our late-night snack is freshly made popcorn. When the popcorn is still hot, put it in a paper bag, add some chili powder, salt, and chocolate, and shake it well. It’s delicious.

—Naomi Nachman

I always like to have healthy snacks on hand. One of my staples are these granola bars. There’s no oil in them, and you can’t even taste the difference! It’s 3 cups quick oats, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 cup honey, 1 cup applesauce, and chocolate chips. Mix, bake, and enjoy!

—Shevy Shanik

My go-to snack is homemade popcorn. It’s easy to make and so much better than store-bought. I’ll make it with just salt, or spice it up with various flavor combinations, such as Barbecue or Chocolate Sea Salt (both recipes are in my cookbook, Real Life Kosher Cooking). You can also try adding a sprinkle of your favorite spice blend, such as Chile Lime Seasoning or Old Bay Seasoning.

—Miriam Pascal

I make grapefruit mint sorbet. Combine 113 cups water, 1 cup sugar, and fresh mint. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until sugar has dissolved, about 3–4 minutes. Stir in 212 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit (no, you cannot buy grapefruit juice) and 2 tsp lime zest. Chill mixture in fridge. Transfer to container and freeze. Once it’s frozen, take it out and let it thaw a little. Blend in food processor/blender. I recommend blending two to three times to get ultimate creaminess.

—Rivki Rabinowitz

I love frozen dates dipped in chocolate with some Maldon salt.

—Chanie Apfelbaum

Fresh cut fruit mixed with fresh mint and honey-glazed nuts.

—Chaya Suri Leitner

I love making my fudge pops or my banana nut muffins as delicious healthy snacks that are really filling. They both hit the spot on a long afternoon.

—Rorie Weisberg

After eating a big seudah Shavuos night, you don’t really need anything heavy to snack on. I recommend making energy balls from dates, nuts, and other natural ingredients to supply much-needed energy to stay up, without it being too sweet or heavy.

—Brynie Greisman

I always try to have a fresh fruit salad prepared in the fridge for Shabbos or Yom Tov afternoons, when everyone is looking for something to snack on. It’s light and refreshing and definitely a healthier alternative to cakes and cookies.

—Chavi Feldman

(Originally featured in Family Table, Issue 692)

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