Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Patriotic marshmallows

Hey, this blog needs more fluff, right?

In our little moshav grocery store this last remaining bag caught my eye. A limited edition of blue and white marshmallows! Complete with an Israeli flag. Probably in honor of the recent Independence Day, Lag BaOmer, and Jerusalem Day. Can you believe??

Marshmallows are not widely known or loved in Israel. Probably because we have no graham crackers with which to make s'mores. (As in "some more," the American campfire treat. A graham cracker sandwich with chocolate and gooey toasted marshmallows inside.)
And the Academy of the Hebrew Language has not yet invented a word for this formerly foreign fluff, so the name on the package says in Hebrew letters MaRSHMaLO.

17 comments:

Tipper said...

I love marshmellows-my husband says they make his teeth hurt (he is weird).

I loved the U photos-my favorite was the camel.

Michelle said...

That is so funny, Will patriotic s'mores be far behind....

raf said...

Unbelievable that you found something without a U today. :)I see it as a bonus or lagniappe for us after all your Us today. Thanks, Dina, for your visits and comments. I was happy to see that you shared my thoughts about the bowsprit. The voyages on the American Eagle website look to be quite an adventure.

Donna said...

How Neat!! We have blue and white ones also. Now all we need are red ones...Happy night sweetie!!hughugs

Kris McCracken said...

Now if they could just get a little Star of David on each marshmallow, THAT would be good!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

you could put a greek flag on that, then they'd be patritoic greek muarshmallows! mind you, we dont eat marshmallows in greece - you'd be hard=pressed to find them in shops here

Kay said...

Sigh.... I wish I could have marshmallows but my diet no longer allows it. I did so love the s'mores that Michelle mentioned.

Dina said...

Kiwi, I forgot to point out that marshmallows are not common in Israel either. Oh right--Greece has the same pretty blue and white national colors!

Kris, as Theodore Herzl always said about a future Jewish state: "Im tirtsu, ein zu agada= If you will it, if you really really want it, then it's not just a fairy tale." Maybe next year we will get what you suggest. hehe

Donna, Really?? Now I know where the idea came from for ours.

Raf, Lagniappe?? I had to look up the new word. And now I see you have a nice second blog by that name. For the benefit of other word-lovers I quote YOUR blog:
"Lagniappe is a Cajun/Creole term for an unexpected bonus.
I had my early raising years in a small Lousiana town on the Bayou Teche. It was there I began to understand the pleasures of lagniappe (pronounced lan-yap) when my little friends and I, in the midst of play, would be called unexpectedly to the back porch of someone's grandma for a surprise gift of sweets."

Michelle, Ha! Now is someone would just introduce graham crackers to Israel...

Tipper, Strange...maybe it's that overload of sugar?

Dina said...

Oh Kay, sorry about that. Shame you have to give up that disgustingly sweet treat of s'mores.

Jerez said...

Now I'm hungry for rice Krispie candy!!!

Ahhhh....no treats in the house..

I need a midnight snack!

SandyCarlson said...

That's a fun post. These are a strange and versatile snack and cooking item. But they don't fill a hungry tummy!

evlahos said...

very interesting blog you have here. full of beautiful photos and interesting info too. and an occupation that it was one of my youthful dreams. thank you for your visit

reader Wil said...

Ha! Marshmallows, wonderful! We used to put them on our coffee, so that it got a creamy sweet taste like whipped cream!

Rambling Round said...

Very cool! We made s'mores in Girl Scouts, and then I made them in a toaster oven for my children. Occasionally, I STILL make one, unless I just settle for a Moon Pie!

Dan said...

Looks like you could quickly corner the s'mores market in Israel! My kids love those. As for me, I am not a marshmallow fan.

Congrats on the independence day celebration. IMHO, one of the more compelling arguments for the exsiting of God is the fact that the Jewish people have survived as an independent group from 70 to 1948 A.D. without a country of their own. Amazing in my opinion.

the donG said...

that's great! we just celebrated our independence day yesterday. i hope next year we'll get to see flags on our chips and mallows too.

we only have flags on vehicles.

Dina said...

Dong, a bit late, but happy independence day to the Philippines. We had the flags on cars too.
Thanks Dan. Yeah, I guess it's God and Jews--you can't have one without the other. IMHO.

Rambling Round, s'mores in a toaster oven?! A travesty! LOL

Wil, we used to put marshmallows in hot cocoa. Good idea you give me now: in coffee! I might have to go back and buy that bag.

Thanks Vaggelis. Wow, you could have done a lot as an archaeologist in Greece! Do you ever join a dig as a volunteer?

Sandy, no, a tummy not. But a mouth yes. Once I was grossed out sitting around a campfire in America. The young 'uns had a contest who could stuff the most marshmallows in their mouth and still say a certain sentence.

Jerez, oh, yeah, Rice Crispie treats! So light yet so sweet.