Chanukah traditions

Lots of people equate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah with Christmas. Gifts are exchanged between family and friends for both holidays. It is not just a one day holiday, but a holiday season. For Christians, Christmas day may be considered the religious day to celebrate, but for several weeks leading up to the holiday and beyond, people enjoy the festive nature of the season. The holiday of Chanukah lasts for 8 days, with candle lighting, holiday foods, and joyful emotions.

 

To me, the traditions of family dinners and reconnecting with friends are what makes the two holidays so similar. Spending time with the important people in our lives is what brings meaning to our existence. Whether you sit at a table with 10 people or 40, it is the ability to have quality time with those people who you love that is so valued at this time of the year.

 

Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to be able to spend the holidays with their family and friends. There are many reasons that people are unable to enjoy this camaraderie. Some people may have just moved to start a new job or new school. Others may have work schedules that do not allow them the take the time off or provide enough funds to pay for travel expenses. Family dynamics and non traditional living arrangements may make coordinating the traditional holiday meal difficult.

 

When you can not be there to celebrate the holiday with family and friends, Kosherbyte.com is available to make your presence known. We have a huge selection of Chanukah gift baskets that remind people how much you care for them. No matter what price range you are looking for, Kosherbyte has a basket that will please your recipients. Because we create each basket from scratch, we can customize your gift to express your feelings at this time of year. Our Chanukah gift baskets all include Chanukah gelt, Chanukah cookies and other holiday themed items.

 

We also specialize in corporate gifts that make a statement to your business associates and clients. Since all of our baskets are made with 100 % kosher products, you can rest assured that a gift from Kosherbyte.com will be perfect for your Jewish customers. There is no need to worry that your recipients will not be able to enjoy everything in the gift you send.

 

Let us make your holiday gift giving easier. View our gift baskets online; you will find exactly what you are looking for!

 

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Celebrating a big birthday!

We all want to wake up the morning of our birthday to a breakfast in bed, a huge gift wrapped in a bow and an extravagant evening out on the town. When you can not provide the ultimate in birthday experiences, Kosherbyte.com has the perfect gift you can have delivered right to their door. Receiving a gift for your birthday truly makes the day special. Bring a smile to someone’s face and send them a birthday gift basket from Kosherbyte.com.

The older we get, the harder it is to find the perfect gift for our friends, family and business associates. Not only do we want the gift to be perfect, but we also understand that there is a hidden meaning in every option we choose. We do not want the gift to look cheap, yet we also do not want to make the recipient uncomfortable with an expensive choice. Bottom line, our goal is to cross things off our list, not add extra chores to it. One of those chores is making sure that we acknowledge the special days of our families and friends. Whether it is an anniversary gift, thank you or graduation present, we want to give the best, yet we also want an easy and quick purchase experience.

Birthday gift baskets are one of our specialties. We create each basket individually, and include delicious and mouthwatering treats. But, we do not stop there. We recognize the big day with birthday chocolates, hard candies, birthday decorations and ribbons. As you open the box you can see the thought and care that we put into our birthday gift baskets. Your recipient will immediately appreciate your thoughtful present and know that they are a valued part of your life. We create baskets that make a statement. Beautifully wrapped, our baskets are the perfect expression of your thoughts and affection.

What were we thinking?

When we decided to open Kosherbyte.com back in 2002, we knew very little about the internet. We were your typical middle aged couple who knew how to turn on their computer, read their email and surf the web. I bought airplane tickets online and my husband ordered books from Amazon, but that was the extent of our knowledge. Ask us about the behind the scenes details involved in programming and you would get blank stares. We knew the basics and that was about it!

What convinced us to jump in and open a business that is entirely online? We recognized the reality of the new business environment. The internet was the future of retail and we were fortunate enough to realize that if we wanted to succeed in this new endeavor, we needed to be visible to our customers. We needed an online presence.

We acknowledged our lack of familiarity with etail and called upon our expert on all things computers, our son!! At 14, he was fearless. We took him to interview web designers, had him listen to all the instructions. If he did not think his parents were idiots before, he certainly did after this experience.

Learning the computer aspect of the business took a lot of trial and error, but in the end, we think that Kosherbyte.com has mastered the art of internet selling. We have a long list of repeat customers who value our customer service and enjoy our delicious kosher treats.

Not only do we offer unusual and tasty kosher cookies, pastries and gourmet food items, we have a large selection of kosher gift baskets for any occasion.

We offer a personal touch. Kosherbyte.com is a big company with an intimate feel and individualized attention to our customer’s requests. Our baskets are all hand made and can be created to our buyer’s specifications.

Kosherbyte has worked hard to master the computer aspects of internet sales. We have come a long way from the days when we needed a 14 year old to translate computer jargon for us. One thing that has not changed is our commitment to provide the best kosher food on the web!

Are you looking for the perfect gift?

Nothing gives me more pleasure than to surprise my family and friends with unexpected gifts. If I come across a whimsical kitchen gadget, I am always tempted to pick it up for my daughter. I recently traipsed through three different bakeries to find the perfect babka for a friend. When browsing the children’s section at the book store, I must look for a new book about spiders.  I know my grandson will adore it and I love to see his face light up when I read it to him. Whatever the occasion, I agonize over my choice of gift. I want it to totally complement the recipient’s personality. I love to make people happy.

 

If you are like me, then you also want to send the perfect gift. You want to know that your thoughtfulness is appreciated and your gift will be enjoyed. It is a time consuming proposition to search for that ideal present, whether you are shopping online or a bricks and mortar store. Shopping online can add extra stress to the process. Will the company deliver on their promises? Will the package arrive on time? Will the company stand behind its products?

 

These are issues you will never have to worry about when purchasing from Kosherbyte.com. Our goal is provide exceptional service, prompt delivery and a kosher gift basket that is guaranteed to please. Whether you are looking for a shiva or condolence basket, a gift for the new mother, holiday treats, or beauty products made with minerals from the Dead Sea, we carry a kosher gift basket in your price range. Kosherbyte.com wants to make sure your gift giving experience is the best it can be.

 

And why stop there? Why not reward yourself with something delicious? Our black and white cookies are reminiscent of summer beach vacations. Flaky rugalach, made the old fashioned way, tastes just like Grandma used to make. We carry so many flavors of fruit preserves, it is impossible to choose only one.

 

Our customers keep coming back, not only because they know they can trust us to deliver a quality product, but also because they have confidence that our products are all 100% kosher. All our products are certified kosher by the most stringent kosher authorities.

 

We invite you to browse our site, read our blog, watch Michael on YouTube and call us. We encourage you to send us your suggestions and requests. If it’s kosher and it’s out there, we will find it for you!

Rosh Hashana: What is important to us at this time of year?

As the Jewish New Year quickly approaches, our thoughts turn to what is important in our lives. Our family, friends, and faith are at the forefront of our minds. We reevaluate our behavior throughout the past year and commit to improving in the next. We resolve to take steps to repair our relationship with G-D and those who we value the most. Rosh Hashana offers us the unique opportunity to reflect on where we have been and where we want to go in the future.

We look for ways to acknowledge how much we value the people in our lives. We want to show our appreciation to those who have supported us through thick and thin. We want to convey our love to family and close friends who have added meaning and joy to our lives. We want to share our hopes for a sweet New Year with those who are an integral part of making us happy. Jewish tradition offers the perfect way to express these feelings, with food.

Kosherbyte.com offers you the perfect way to let your loved ones know you are thinking of them. Our Rosh Hashana baskets are filled with gourmet treats and pastries that are a superb complement to your holiday fare. We create beautiful baskets that are guaranteed to please. With jars of sweet honey, crunchy apple cookies, honey crunch snacks and other sweet Rosh Hashana goodies, our Rosh Hashana baskets will enhance anyone’s holiday table.

As one of the leading kosher gift basket companies on the Web, Kosherbyte.com strives to provide exceptional value and worry free purchasing experience. We have gift baskets in every price point and for every occasion. Does the recipient have an allergy or special restrictions? Just let us know and we will be happy to build a personalized creation.

Do you want to send a gift to family or friends in Israel? We have an office in Jerusalem just for that purpose. With no international postage or customs charges, our delivery in Israel is very affordable and fast. Not only do we carry baskets for Rosh Hashana, Chanukah, Purim and Passover, we deliver lots of treats for students studying in Yeshiva or seminaries. Our shiva baskets are also very appropriate for those suffering a loss. Check out our site for delivery in Israel options.

We wish all our friends and customers a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year.

 

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Is it too early to order my Rosh Hashana gift baskets?

It seems like we were just cleaning off the BBQ and getting in the summer spirit; now it’s almost time to start cooking for Rosh Hashana. The summer has flown by without us realizing. If you are like me, the last thing you want to think about during these long hot days is cleaning, shoppping and cooking for Rosh Hashana or shlepping out the Succah.

Whether we want it or not, Rosh Hashana is right around the corner. Here at Kosherbyte.com, we have placed our orders for new baskets, holiday cookies and candies, and sweet honey. The warehouse is getting full of boxes; I hope I will be able to find room to put everything away. I know its a short term problem, once the orders start rolling in, the merchandise will fly out the door.

this year Rosh Hashana begins on Sunday night, September 13, 2015. Every yontif day is a weekday, making it hard for working families to take care of the their jobs and careers along with the usual household chores that never seem to get off the list. While I look forward to having some relaxing time with the family, I know that so much must be compressed into a shortened work week. With out of town family joining us at the table, The shopping, preparing and cooking can seem overwhelming.

That’s where Kosherbyte.com is such a great source to help with holiday gifts and family treats. From the comfort of your own home and any time day or night, we are available online to create and package exceptional gift baskets. Why not let us save you time and effort; let us send your holiday gifts for you while you take care of the other hundred items on your to do list!

It is definitely not too early to order your Rosh Hashana gift baskets! The earlier the better! You can be assured that we will not run out of the items you love and your packages will arrive right on time. No need to obcess over the timeline. We watch the calendar and make sure the gift basket arrives at the most appropriate time.

We offer so  many baskets in every price range it would be hard not to find the perfect item for you family, friends or business associates. Not finding what you like? Give us a call and we will fashion the gift basket of your dreams.

Perhaps you are not looking for a gift but instead, something just for yourself or your Yontif table? Our babka, ruggleach and cookies are so yummy it’s hard to keep my husband away from them. Dried fruit, nuts and smoked salmon are a healthy alternative for those watching sugar or calories. Just log on and I am sure that you will find something that brings a smile to your face and everyone else at the table.

What are you cooking for the Nine Days?

Every year these 9 days between Rosh Chodesh and Tisha B’Av always pose an interesting dilemma.What to cook for dinner that is Milchig, Dairy, yet still nutritious and filling? Once I have made a pasta dish, fish, and eggs, I am left trying to come up with an idea that is not monotonous and doesn’t leave me checking the fridge for something more.

So I made pasta last night, tonight is tilapia and perhaps tomorrow will be stuffed potatoes. Then what? Check out our delicious shelf stable Seasoned Smoked Salmon. A half pound box of salmon is a rare treat. No matter how hot is gets outside, you do not need to heat up the house with the oven on in order to prepare this tasty fish. Pair it with crackers, bagels or salad, and you can feed the family with ease.

Its also perfect for after the fast. You can start eating the minute the fast is over!

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Not a fish kind of person? then try one of our 4 dairy or vegetarian meals, pasta with garden vegetables, cheese tortellini, vegetarian stew, and Florentine lasagna. Each shelf stable meal comes ready to microwave. In just 2 minutes you have a hot meal in a cool house!

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Not quite what you are looking for? We have a huge selection of cookies, flavored pretzels, candies and nuts that will not melt in the heat, and add some fun to your day. While not all of our cookies and pretzels are listed on the site, just give us a call and we will tell you whats new and whats fresh!.

 

 

 

Another Sweets and Snacks Show!

I can not believe it is already a year since the last Sweets and Snacks Show. I always look forward to the show. Not only is it full of delicious chocolates and candies that I love to snack on, but there are always new and interesting items on display. Each year I am amazed at the breadth of new items that are available, and the unusual flavors that are being offered for sale.

Although i plan to return to the show tomorrow, I would like to tell you about some of the new trends in the industry. Bold and spicy flavors are hot, pun intended! Actually, hot, hotter and hottest! Apple, maple syrup, champagne, flavors have been introduced in all kinds of candy. Jelly Belly has Bubbly jelly beans; champagne flavored, and they are kosher!

Trademarked characters from Frozen, Star Wars and other hit movies are being advertised all over the show. I do not even recognize all of them. There are pretzels now covered with yogurt and all kinds of fruit flavors, blueberry, cranberry, strawberry, mango to name just a few.  Combinations of flavors are also getting more creative;I found a blueberry and pomegranate nut crunch that was delicious.

Holiday items were also available. I was especially interested in chocolate dreidels for Hanukkah with no artificial ingredients! And heart shaped chocolates galore. I guess its never too early to start thinking of Valentines day!

Lots of new things for the health conscious too! 100 calorie packs of almonds and pistachios, lots of non GMO products and gluten free items are still very popluar.

Some of the old favorites have gotten a new look. Liberty Orchards has new packaging and new dessert flavors in their candies. I did not recognize the Harry and David priducts; their boxes have gotten an overhaul and now have a premium look.Torie and Howard hard candies has come out with a new flavor of raspberry and lemon, yummy and low calorie!

After a day to rest my feet and my stomach, I plan to return to the show tomorrow to finalize my new orders and enjoy the fun. With Shavuot just days away, I know I will have some scrumptious samples to keep me happy while I enjoy the holiday!

Are you ready for BBQ season?

Finally! The weather has inched back to higher temperatures and the sun has come out. With all the work for Passover done, it is time to clean out the yard and the grill. To entice my husband to clean the grill, I bought rib eye steaks, for outdoor consumption only! I did not think a hot dog would do the trick. Once my kids heard that there were steaks in the house, it seems they like us again!

Of course we do not sell steak! However, our super green pickle relish and sport peppers are the perfect accompaniment to whatever you have on the grill! Top your hot dogs with relish or add it to your potato salad!. I add super green pickle relish to my tuna salad yearlong. Chop the sport peppers and layer them on to your hamburgers. There are hundreds of ways to use them. Don’t let the bright green color fool you….it is a true Chicago taste.

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Summertime is also travel time! Are you planning a trip to a location that does not have much kosher food? Hiking in the national parks? Check out our shelf stable kosher meals. We have 10 choices of My Own Meals in meat, chicken, dairy and vegetarian flavors. They can be zapped in the microwave for 2 minutes or boiled on the stove; either way, you have a hearty meal that fits in your suitcase.

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Happy travels!

Have you recovered from Pesach?

Sorry for the long delay in posting. The Purim and Pesach rush took a toll on me. We were so busy with orders and preparations for the holidays, that getting to the Blog was difficult.

So we are back from visiting the kids on the East Coast, finally finished all the laundry, and unpacked the suitcases. On to the next job!

Despite it being cold here in Chicago, we have a new order for pickle relish and sport peppers coming in soon. When BBQ season starts, we want to be ready! It is time to clean off the grill, uncover the patio furniture and invite the family over for hot dogs and ribs. Make sure you have plenty of our Super Green Pickle Relish…it really is bright green. It is a Chicago tradition and favorite.

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It is also almost Mothers Day. For those of you who are lucky enough to still have your mother’s in your lives, make her feel like a Queen. She deserves it. Send her a token of your appreciation with a gift from Kosherbyte.com. My favorite is the coffee break basket. Chocolates and  coffee together, my favorite things.

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Whatever you decide to do, know that your Mom will be happy to hear from you. You know you can never do wrong in your Mother’s eyes.

Looking to the future, I look forward to the Sweets and Candy Expo coming up in May. Its exciting to see all the treats before anyone else.