The 40 Year Old Bat Mitzvah

Homemade Chanukah Gelt

Posted in Uncategorized by Juliet on November 13, 2010

My friend Ani sent us Joan Zoloth’s terrific book Jewish Holiday Treats:  Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family, so the other day we were inspired to make her easy and fun homemade gelt.

The instructions are so simple it’s not even funny, and I made it even easier by using the microwave instead of stovetop.  You melt chocolate (she calls for a double-boiler but I prefer to melt chocolate on half power in the microwave, watching closely and stirring often, for easier clean-up.)  Drop the chocolate into coin-shaped discs onto a wax-paper covered baking sheet and let cool, then wrap the gelt (coins) in foil.

We used Wilton gold foil from Michaels.

Step 1: Melt chocolate and drop into small discs on wax-paper covered baking sheet:

Step 2: Let cool. Wrap in foil. I like the handmade look of varying sizes and shapes slightly. It would be pretty to have a mix of silver and gold foil in the same dish.

Even Nestle semisweet baking chips yield better quality gelt than what is sold commercially. You also might get fancy and make Valrhona or Scharffen-Berger gelt.

I wrapped the larger pieces in a single sheet of foil and for the smaller ones, cut each foil in half diagonally:

Channel your inner Lucy & Ethel and try this fun and easy craft. P.S. Licking the melted chocolate bowl is fun, too.


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