couponing in the holy land

Frugal food shopping for the Anglo Israeli

Exotic delicacies in an unexpected place

I happened to be at a gas station in Modiin recently when I was approached by a man to come see his new halvah store.  I followed him to a small store that was packed with all sorts of foods that I never expected to see in one place.  Of course , there was halvah- lots and lots of halvah.

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Some of the halvah is dairy and some is pareve.  Once you taste a sliver, you will be hooked.  I succeeded in only purchasing two flavors- Italian chocolate and espresso.  For the diet-conscious, there is halvah with no sugar- only artificial sweetener.

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A new item for me was the fruit/vegetable “halvah” which is made with figs, carrots, or dates.

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They also had one of my favorite indulgences: layered chocolate/nougat.

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For those who support businesses in the Shomron, you can also purchase Meshek Achia olive oil and olives.

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A treat I rarely see outside of the shuk, sultan and lokum or Turkish Delight can be found here as well in a myriad of flavors and colors.

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There are also lots of cookies, chocolate covered nuts/jellies, and marzipan.

I am not sure why he decided to carry prune juice and cranberry juice, but I was happy to pick up a bottle as well.

This product was completely mystifying to me.  Chickpeas with a candy coating.  The store owner’s Hebrew wasn’t good enough to explain what was done to these chickpeas that made them edible and there weren’t samples, so I passed on this product for now.

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Dulce de leche is my daughter’s favorite sweet.  Grab a bottle and you can make amazing sufganiyot.

I can’t imagine how sucralose fits in with the halvah theme, but the price can’t be beat- 20 shekels for 100 packets in a bag or 26 shekels for a box.

This product was the biggest surprise of all. I have one child (and husband) who fondly remember these crackers.  The price was better than the American stores and when I bought a pack of 8, he only charged me 30 shekels instead of 40.

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The store is labeled as kosher.  As you can see, many of the products are not in their original packaging.  The owner will show you the kashrut certificates for each product if you ask.  One halvah has a rabbanut hashgacha and one has Chatam Sofer- I don’t remember the other products.

The store is located in Yishpru Center in Modiin.  Go into the Paz gas station and it is next to the Yellow store.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 9:00 am-8:00 pm and Friday from 8:30 am- 3:00 pm.

For more information, call 052-326-3269 or go to the store’s Facebook page or web site.

(I did not receive any compensation for this post)

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