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One tip for making an easy edible Sukkah

Posted on: 12 October, 2012

My 5 year old daughter can’t remember where she just put her shoes 10 minutes ago, but she has an impeccable memory when it comes to food.  Despite me not having even thought about it, as soon as Sukkot arrived she promptly reminded me of the need to purchase biscuits and lollies (a.k.a. cookies and candy) to make edible sukkot!

As you will see from a quick Image search for edible sukkot on Google, the possibilities are quite varied – sweet or savoury; simple or decorated; mostly healthy or dentist’s nightmare.  Most of them are stuck together with icing (frosting) but that’s too complicated and messy for really small kids who just want to build their own.

Last year our biggest challenge was getting the walls to stay upright.  As you can see here:

This year, I figured it out.  If the walls are thicker, they will stand up by themselves.  Thick, flat-sided wafer biscuits = success!  We used some that are almost square, but if you can only get smaller ones you might be able to stack them like bricks.  No more screams of anguish as yet another wall collapses before the roof can go on!

Unfortunately due to the last minute nature of my shopping, I was not able to track down any stick-like biscuits for the roof (pretzels here only seem to come in the curly variety not straight) but last year we used Pocky sticks, which I developed a taste for when I lived in Japan.  This year we used shortbread fingers, which gave our sukkot a rather solid look.  I’ll be back to something thinner next year.

Next year I wonder if I could thread some Froot Loops onto the Pocky sticks before putting them on the roof??  Hmmm, might need to test that theory out sooner than next Sukkot!


2 Responses to "One tip for making an easy edible Sukkah"

When I do the graham cracker method for edible sukkot, I start with a square as the floor, stuck to the plate with a blob of frosting. Then, we build (stick) the walls around 3 sides of the floor. Much more stable than without a floor. Still not super-easy for little kids, though.

Love the fruit loop idea. I’m envisioning them strung on thin licorice whips, draped across a big, gingerbread sukkah…

we do this every year with our hebrew school students. graham cracker squares stuck together with marshmallow fluff (all 4 sides) + green sour stick and thin pretzel rods as s’chach.
the younger kids have trouble working with the fluff, the older kids can do it perfectly, but they all end up just eating it as they work. (this is during a program with the parents so they don’t have to bring it home to show it off.) they all love it and look forward to it each year.

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