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Go for the Gelt!

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The Strauss-Elite factory, in Upper Nazareth, Israel, makes some 70 million chocolate coins each year. That’s a lot of gelt! As we’re getting close to Chanukah — the Yom Tov when chocolate coins are everywhere — we decided to take a tour and find out just how all these coins are made. Come join us!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

“You want to hear about chocolate coins?” Michael Kolsky, the factory’s kashrus mashgiach and advisor, asks. “If so, you have to wash your hands very well, because entering the factory is only allowed if you sterilize your hands thoroughly. Furthermore, you have to wear these special robes and hats that cover your hair. This is to ensure maximum hygiene in the factory. We want the chocolate to be produced under the cleanest conditions possible.”

After we wash our hands and put on the special garments, we’re finally allowed through the factory gates. We find ourselves in a large hall, surrounded by the thundering noise of the production machines. An amazing aroma of chocolate assails our noses and makes us hungry.

“You’re now in the largest candy factory in the Middle East,” Kolsky begins.

 

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