Serendipity unveils new homemade bon bons for Hanukkah


Courtesy: Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream

Dan Buffa, Special to the Jewish Light

Beckie Jacobs wears a hat that simply reads, “No BS.” The saying speaks for her work, personality, and the treats that she serves up every week at Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream in Webster Groves, which she owns and operates six days a week.

Believe me, there is no fuss in Jacobs’ place of business, where the homemade ice cream owns the day, and the conversation never lets up. The smell of crusts, cream, and naughty potential hits your nose as soon as you step inside the shop, located at 8130 Big Bend Blvd. But it’s the personality of Jacobs, who belongs to Congregation Shaare Emeth, that endures long after you’ve finished your cup or cone, and the sense of giving.

After all, she sees her customers as extended family members, ones that needed a life earlier this year. Jacobs held a special contest in May for the “Best Mom in St. Louis,” which she started due to the harshness of the pandemic and how the toll can be especially hard on the matriarchs of the family. Jacobs, a mom herself running a business, sees special events like that as a chance to connect with people in her community.

This year is no different. Your Hanukkah needs will be met this November and December with bon bons. The festive treats guarantee to turn any frown on a mensch upside down, making for a wonderful present or last-second gift. Let me assure you of something: walking into your mom’s house or office with a few extra bonbons will win you more friends than a mere box of bread-sliced bagels or store-bought doughnuts.

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“We have for years made our holiday bon bons. This year, I am also offering Hanukkah bon bons,” Jacobs said. “Hanukkah has become a big holiday in the United States because of Christmas. Because it’s so early, we have a lot of things in play here.”

The bon bons come in boxes of 12 for just $20 dollars, and the flavors aren’t just your standard variety. In each box, there are three chocolate, three cinnamon, three coffee and three vanilla ice cream bon bons. Special Hanukkah sprinkles sit on top of each one, that is if you remember what they looked like before throwing a couple down the hatch.

“I’m very happy to offer something to our peeps. If you’re invited to someone’s home for Hannukah, come by here and grab a pack,” Jacobs said. “They’re super reasonable, and individually handmade by my crackerjack staff.”

There are also Santa baby bon bons packages for sale. Those carry three peppermint treats, in addition to the chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. They can be picked up or delivered. If you are craving the Hanukkah box, it went on sale Nov. 2. Santa’s baby box went on sale Nov. 16.

Or as Jacobs lovingly calls them, “Hanukkah Happiness. We spelt it the same for the chuckle factor.”

But that doesn’t even cover the adults. The famous Thanksgiving pies are back on sale, available in single scoop or double bird’s nest varieties. And if the previously mentioned new specials aren’t up your alley, come in and request Thanksgiving bon bons, which include the much-sought-after flavor, pumpkin.

Parents needing something more stiff than chilled cream and sugar can order a hot Irish coffee with Jameson swirled in, or a hot toddy made with Four Roses Whiskey. Folks looking to truly treat themselves can order the Dirty Snowman with vanilla ice cream included. Suffice to say, when you get into your car, you’ll feel enlivened and very full.

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