Feeling crafty? An edible menorah project for families

An edible menorah project for families

BY ESTHER OTTENSOSER, Special to the Jewish Light

If you’re looking for a holiday craft project with your family, consider making this edible Hanukkah menorah. It costs about $15 to $20 for the first menorah, but that includes several items you can keep for Hanukkah next year.

For the candles, I used Presidor Cannolis (available at Kohn’s)-they’re simple, elegant and their delicious taste appeals to all ages. You can create this menorah by putting the candles on a tray-or directly on the table-but for a more sophisticated look, you can have a glass cut to size to use as the base.

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• 10 Presidor Cannolis (available at Kohn’s)

• Small cupcake holders (available at Michaels)

• Baking chocolate

• One 8-ounce container of non-dairy whipped topping (like Rich’s-brand)

• 2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix

• Leaf chocolate mold to be used as flame (available at Karen Ann’s Supplies, 11553 Gravois Road for $1.99)

• Orange royal icing (you can purchase Wilton ready made icing at Michaels)

• Sanding sugar (available at Michaels)

Optional items for a display base

• 2″ by 15″ piece of glass (custom cut by your local glass cutter for about five dollars)

• Small square glass vase (can be purchased at dollar store or Pier 1 Imports

• Glue dots (Michaels)

Assembling the Base

Turn square vase upside down

Place a glue dot in each corner

Lay cut glass on top

Place 9 cupcake holders on glass.

Assembling Candles

Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave

To create the shamash, dip the rim of one cannoli in melted chocolate and attach it to the bottom of another cannoli, thereby creating a larger candle

Dip one side of each cannoli (shamash included) in melted chocolate

Make the flames using chocolate mold

When chocolate is hard and ready to use you may decorate the flames using orange royal icing and sanding sugar Allow to dry over night

Beat whip till firm-add vanilla pudding

Fill a pastry bag (or freezer Ziploc) with star tip and pipe whip into candles

Place flames on top of the candles

Place cannolis into cupcake holders on base


Check out more of Esther’s creations at her blog, www.estherodesign.com/.