I got a golden ticket!

March 18, 2011

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Willy Wonka may not be Jewish, but Melly Monka certainly is.

Looky what arrived on my doorstep:

I am even luckier than Charlie Bucket. For I have now tasted Snozzberry Hamantaschen. I have delighted in Chocolate Chip Cookies made from what flows through the Chocolate River (unsullied by the likes of Augustus Gloop, I’m certain). I have bestowed on my children Violet’s Gobstoppers on a Stick. And I anticipate drooling over Oompa-Loompa Suckers, two-toned chocolate brown-sugar toffee.

For dessert tonight we will savor Melly Monka’s Wonderbar¬† made of chocolate and pretzels.

Unfortunately, due to my nut allergy, we had to forgo Charlie Chocolate Buckets. But there was so much other goodly goodness that there is no need to lament.

This year’s Purim basket arrived courtesy Melly Monka, a/k/a Lollipop Goldstein, a/k/a the Stirrup Queen. Who is exceedingly talented as a candy-maker, her skills paralleling even her writing prowess.

As a chocolate worshipping shiksa, I had to research the Jewish holiday and found that it takes place from sunset Saturday to sunset Sunday this year (March 19-20)¬† and “commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman, a story recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther” (Wikipedia).

Wikipedia further says that Purim is a joyous occasion that is celebrated by listening to the Book of Esther in synagogue; sending food parcels and giving charity; dressing up in costume; eating a festive meal.

How fortunate for me, then, that Melly takes to heart the part about sending parcels.

That, boys and girls, is the story of how a little bit of shiny paper, a whole lotta yummy chocolate and the marvelous Melly Monka got me properly verklempt today.

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Kristin March 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Oooooh, you truly did get a golden ticket. Lucky, lucky you!

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Michelle March 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Mmm. Yummy! Good for you! You deserve that extra sweetness!

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Meredith March 18, 2011 at 5:17 pm

How awesome! This post really made me smile. Everything sounds delish, and I love the names Melly Monka picked out. I think I will borrow this idea and bake some blondies and brownies to send to friends and family. =)

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jjiraffe March 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Drool. How creative and delicious, and Mel’s amazing. Enjoy :)

Purim is not an especially nut-free friendly holiday. I had to go 20 miles to find nut-free hamantachen for the twins pre-school…it was yummy though!

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Kathy March 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm

That is awesome Lori! :-) I am so jealous of, I mean happy for you! Your Purim care package from Mel looks and sounds delicious! Thank you also for sharing the history/meaning of the holiday. I use to be a lot more up on Jewish holidays and traditions in my youth, as I had a lot of classmates and good friends who were Jewish in the town I grew up in. However, in the South Side Irish Catholic neighborhood that I now live in here in Chicago, I sadly don’t get to interact with nearly as many Jewish friends. Enjoy your treats and feel free to send me the Charlie Chocolate Buckets, since you aren’t able to eat them! ;)

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Are You Kidding Me? March 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Dude, you totally stole my post! Oh well – I’ll write it anyway…once I get those pictures downloaded…

The snacks are fantastic!!!

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kir March 19, 2011 at 9:13 am

Ohhh u lucky girl!!!!! That sounds good enought o eat, someday I am hoping that I get the Purim basket..I always wanted to be Jewish ;) ..so glad you were the one to be blessed with that basket..no one deserves it more than u!!!! Xoxo

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Jamie March 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Reading Mel’s posts on Purim make me wish I was her neighbor!

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