The Best Traditional Hanukkah Foods

FROM LATKES TO DONUTS, GOLDBELLY’S GOT YOUR HANUKKAH CELEBRATION COVERED

Gourmet Latkes
Linda’s Gourmet Latkes

Hanukkah may be nicknamed the Festival of Lights, but if you ask us, it’s also a Festival of FOOD! Because Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a small amount of lamp oil keeping the Second Temple’s Menorah alight for eight days, foods fried in oil are traditionally eaten to celebrate the holiday. When partnered with other traditional Jewish American foods, a Hanukkah feast can be one worth looking forward to all year long. And thanks to Goldbelly, the best traditional Hanukkah foods are shipping to your door in time for the holiday.

What Do You Serve at A Hanukkah Party?

The two most popular Hanukkah foods are latkes and jelly donuts, both symbolic of the oil that kept the lamp burning. Gelt, little foil-wrapped chocolate coins, are also usually found at Hanukkah parties. After that, it’s up to you! Many families will also serve braised brisket and other family favorites (similar to what they would serve at other holiday gatherings, like Rosh Hashanah), but there are really no rules.

Latkes

Latkes, also known as potato pancakes, are the one food most closely identified with Hanukkah. They’re made by forming shredded potatoes (usually combined with a little onion) into patties and frying until golden brown, and are traditionally served alongside applesauce and sour cream (We’re partial to topping them with crème fraîche and smoked salmon). For picture-perfect latkes, look further than LA’s Linda’s Gourmet Latkes, which sells crisp latkes in a variety of sizes, with plenty of accompaniment options. Latkes are also shipping nationwide from icons including:

Lindas Gourmet Latkes Large Gluten Free Vegan Latkes
Linda’s Gourmet Latkes
Barney Greengrass Potato Latkes
Barney Greengrass Potato Latkes

Jelly Donuts

Jelly Donuts, called Sufganiyot in this context, are the second most traditional Hanukkah food. Freshly-fried jelly donuts from:

Primos Donuts
Primo’s Donuts
Collegetown Bagels Jelly Donuts
Collegetown Bagels Jelly Donuts

Challah

Challah isn’t a traditional Hanukkah food in the strictest sense, but it’s a welcome addition to any Jewish festivity. Every year, New York’s legendary Eli Zabar makes a limited quantity of menorah-shaped challahs that are a Hanukkah party must-have.

Eli Zabar’s Challah Menorah
Eli Zabar’s Challah Menorah
Barney Greengrass Braided Challah Bread
Barney Greengrass Braided Challah Bread

Hanukkah Feasts

One cannot survive on latkes and jelly donuts alone (try as we might), but full Hanukkah feasts for the whole family are also shipping to your door. You can’t go wrong with this Hanukkah Dinner platter of matzah ball soup, latkes, and brisket & gravy from Lido Kosher Deli, or full New York Jewish deli spreads from The Bronx’s Liebman’s Kosher Deli, Long Island’s Lido Kosher Deli, and Manhattan’s Pastrami Queen

If you’re looking to go a more Sephardic route, try the lamb kebab kit from New York’s Miznon or the legendary Lamb Shoulder Feast from Philly’s Zahav.

Pastrami Queen Feast
Pastrami Queen Feast
Miznon Lamb Kebab Kit
Miznon Lamb Kebab Kit

Brunch

For a perfect Hanukkah brunch, don’t miss bagel & lox platters from New York’s Ess-a-Bagel, Zucker’s Bagels & Smoked Fish, Russ & Daughters, and Baz Bagel.

Ess-a-Bagel Brunch
Ess-a-Bagel Brunch
Baz Bagels’ Hanukkah Brunch Kit
Baz Bagels’ Hanukkah Brunch Kit

Dessert

Complement those jelly donuts with babka from New York icons Green’s Babka, Oneg Bakery, and Breads Bakery, or pair a Birthday Cake Babka with blue & white cookies from social media superstar Jake Cohen. Other showstopping Hanukkah desserts include:

Oneg Bakery’s Double Chocolate Babka
Oneg Bakery’s Double Chocolate Babka
Hanukkah Blue Velvet Cupcakes
Carousel Cake’s Hanukkah Blue Velvet Cupcakes

As you can see, there’s no shortage of incredible Hanukkah treats out there. From traditional favorites to modern treats, the best Hanukkah foods are shipping nationwide on Goldbelly!

Dan-Meyers
Dan Myers

Dan Myers is Goldbelly’s Senior Content Manager and Senior Editor of the Goldbelly Blog. He joined Goldbelly in 2020, and as the company’s primary copywriter he also writes copy for all brand marketing initiatives including marketing emails as well as on-page descriptions for all new merchants and products.

Before joining Goldbelly, Dan spent seven years as Deputy Editor for The Daily Meal, a food and drink website. During his time there, he wrote everything from news briefs to major tentpoles including the 101 Best Restaurants in America and the 50 Best Burgers in America, forming a base of knowledge that has served him well at Goldbelly.

Prior to joining The Daily Meal, Dan founded and spent several years running a neighborhood blog called Here’s Park Slope, based out of the neighborhood in Brooklyn. Its primary focus was on the opening and closing of local businesses (especially restaurants), and it was named Brooklyn’s Best Neighborhood Blog by The L Magazine.

Dan graduated from NYU with a degree in Communication & Mass Media, and still lives in Brooklyn with his wife Janie and French Bulldog, Nugget.