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Frugal food shopping for the Anglo Israeli

Sufganiot- how high will you go? (The ultimate sufganiot guide)

In my last post listing the sales of the week, you might notice that NOBODY has sufganiot on sale.  Why not?  Because we are all so desperate to get our hands on that scrumptious ball of fried dough that we will pay any price to get it.

Some of the prices, however, are as outrageous as the flavors. (Bamba?!?!Pistachio?!?!?)

Before you go and spend your hard-earned money in the bakery, read today’s ultimate frugal food shopper’s guide to sufganiot.

Cafe Hillel:

The best thing about these sufganiot is their price- 5 sufganiot for 20 shekels.  They are the same size as the other gourmet sufganiot.  Although the kids liked them, the adults found them to be overly fried and the cream (katzefet) had a chemical taste.  Kosher rabbanut.

Conclusion- unless you are a health freak (and if you are, you shouldn’t be eating doughnuts), these are only a good option for the kids.

English Cake:

English Cake sells three types of sufganiot- large sufgania (6 shekels), small sufgania (4.50 shekels), and “doughnut” (8 shekels), which is the hole-in-the-middle shaped doughnut.  We got there just as the store opened and enjoyed a very soft, warm, traditional sufgania.  The “doughnut” looked good, but was relatively pareve tasting.  Kosher l’mehadrin.

Conclusion- if you are a true Zionist, get your sufganiot here.

Lechamim:

This very famous bakery in Tel Aviv prices their sufganiot according to how they are cooked- baked doughnuts cost 7 shekels and fried sufganiot cost 6 shekels.  If you buy 5 you get 1 free.  The “coffee and ma’afah” also applies to sufganiot and costs 16 shekels.  Their sufganiot are soft and filled with all sorts of dairy goodness. Kosher rabbanut.

Recommedation- if you need a sugar and caffeine boost, this is a mighty fine place to get it.  If you need to save your money, hold out for their oznei haman…

Ma’afeh Ne’emaan:

This Jerusalem-based chain is one of the few big ones that is Kosher l’mehadrin.

Maybe it is me, but their chocolate looks very anemic to me.  Their gourmet sufganiot are 7 shekels and their regular sufganiot are 4 shekels.  This store has hands-down the best names for their sufganiot- names such as “Tutit” (Strawberry Shortcake) and “Yeladudes” (Kids), as well as the wackiest flavors- Bamba, marshmallow, and almond.

The chocolate I thought anemic was not bad, but there was one major flaw in their gourmet sufganiot- NO FILLING!

Conclusion- If you aren’t mehadrin, there are much better deals out there.

Mr. Donut:

These are Israel’s version of Dunkin Donuts.  They come in pareve and dairy.  Kosher rabbanut.

We rated them very good (if you like Dunkin Donuts).  Price- 3 for 20 shekels.

They don’t have a store of their own, but you can find them in these stores.

Roladin:

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High class doughnuts, dairy and very rich.  They come in flavors such as halva, belgian chocolate, pistachio, whipped cream, white chocolate with a berry chaser (a syringe filled with fruit syrup), and “Vodka Double Espresso”- chocolate with an espresso chaser.  What we like the most about these sufganiot is that they are filled with lots of filling, which is not standard for Israeli sufganiot.

Something I have never seen elsewhere in Israel is a list of how many calories each sufgania has, ranging from 170 (jelly) to 317 (chocolate ganache with a chaser).  I am not sure if I like knowing how many calories are in my sufgania or not.  After comparing, however, the amount of calories in Dunkin Donuts doughnuts (260-550 calories) or Krispy Kreme doughnuts (200-450 calories), I think Roladin has given me yet another reason to stay in Israel.

Price: 8 shekels for the “standard” gourmet sufganiot, 9 for the chasers, 4.50 for traditional jelly and 5.50 for traditional ribat chalav (caramel).  Kosher rabbanut.

Conclusion- if you want to splurge, this is THE place to go.  They are by far the best sufganiot on the market.


Zap.co.il:

Yes, you can compare doughnuts on Zap!  On their web site, Shufersal Yashir’s’ sufganiot cost 4.99 each and Mega B’Internet sells them for 3.99.   As you can see, they are the standard sufgania.

The cheapest alternative of them all:

You know what I am about to say, right?  Make it yourself!

This blog is by definition not a recipe site, but I welcome everyone to post their favorite sufganiot recipe.  I personally have very little success with yeast recipes, so I use one with leben.  And if anyone has a TNT method for getting that filling in without (a) destroying the doughnut (b) squirting it out the other side, or (c) having it shoot back in your face, I would be ecstatic to hear.

Finally, these prices are based on the Modiin-Tel Aviv area.  If the prices in your area are better or worse, let me know!  If you found a great sufganiot bargain, please pass it on to the other readers!

I will now go run around the universe to start burning off all those sufganiot calories…;

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One thought on “Sufganiot- how high will you go? (The ultimate sufganiot guide)

  1. Reblogged this on couponing in the holy land and commented:

    This is a post of mine from 2011 but it is still valid. Feel free to comment on any updates needed (prices, etc)

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