Contest Giveaway – Zabar’s Babka and Rugelach Crate

CONTEST CLOSED – the winner of the Zabar’s Babka and Rugelach Crate, chosen by an online randomizer, is Linsy Leon! Here is her comment:

Zabar – Liked! The Shiksa – Liked! My favorite holiday food are the anise flavored sugar cookies my mom’s moroccan family makes for every holiday and shabbat. so simple yet so addictive! i also love the baklava my step mom makes on occasion. that sticky sweetness is amazing. -Linzy

Thank you to all who entered, we will post another contest soon!


My friends at Zabar’s, our favorite landmark New York gourmet superstore, are offering my readers another chance to win a fabulous food prize! To celebrate the holiday season and all things delicious, Zabar’s has put together a tasty prize, indeed…

Babka & Rugelach Crate (Kosher)

A classic gift with timeless treats. Babka (from the Russian word for “grandmother”) is made by folding and twisting layers of amazing chocolate into delicious, rich dough. Rugelach means “little twist” in Yiddish, and we’ve twisted ours around aromatic cinnamon. We load up our reusable “Zabar’s is NY” wooden crate with a Zabar’s chocolate babka, Zabar’s cinnamon rugelach, a Zabar’s chocolate bar, a pound of Zabar’s Special Blend vacuum packed coffee, a Zabar’s coffee mug, a Zabar’s coffee scoop, and instructions on brewing the perfect cup. Part of Zabar’s Gift Boxes, Gift Baskets, and Gift Crates Collection.

How awesome is that?? Mmmmm, babka. It’s easy to enter!


Step 1Leave a comment here on this blog post (below) and let me know what your favorite holiday food is.

Step 2: If you want to enter the contest twice, “Like” Zabar’s on Facebook and The Shiksa on Facebook— just let us know in your comment that you have liked both pages, and we’ll enter you in the contest again! With all of the special Facebook promotions and in-store offers Zabar’s has planned for the holidays, you won’t want to miss out!

When you enter, your email address will be subscribed to the newsletter, which means you’ll receive their weekly emails with free recipes and special promotions. (If you’re already a subscriber, no problem– just let us know and we will verify!).

A winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email. Contest starts today and ends on Friday at 5:00 PST. While you’re waiting to find out who the winner is, be sure to check out for their amazing selection of holiday gifts and treats.

Please note that this prize can only be shipped within the US, and we cannot ship to P.O. boxes, A.P.O.s, or F.P.O.s. Prize may be shipped after the holidays depending on Zabar’s shipping schedule. Winner will be notified via email and announced on my website as well as Zabar’s blog. Good luck!

Please do not comment on this post, as we are no longer accepting entries. 

Comments (289)Post a Comment

  1. I would say my favs have changed over the years, lutefiske was big growing up but probably my fav holiday food would be challah bread French toast and latkes.

  2. My favorite holiday food is prime rib roast – rare- with Yorkshire pudding. As soon as I’m done here I’m going to scoot to facebook and like both pages!

  3. I make rugelach – – but even better than homemade are the ones made at Lee Lee’s Bakery in Harlem. Google the bakery and you’ll see all sorts of articles. He’s a dear man!! His line “Rugelach from a brother”. So good.
    I like both Zabar’s and The Shiksa on FB.

  4. My favorite holiday food is what we have for Yom Kippur break fast, bagels, lox and cream cheese, and blintz souffle. It’s not because I’m so hungry that makes it a favorite either! The smell of the souffle especially reminds me of spending the afternoon at my sister’s house waiting for sundown so we could all eat together.

  5. My mom is the most wonderful mother there is, but she makes a kneidlach like a golf ball. In my adulthood I’ve come to make the most amazing Chicken Soup with kneidlach. This remains my favorite holiday food as it’s nice to finally be able to cook something for her. (and ive liked both pages)

  6. My favorite holiday food is a lemon cream cake that my mom used to spend all day making. We only got it once a year because it was so time consuming. Mama is gone now, so I’ll have to find something new.

  7. My favorite holiday food would have to be a honey roasted turkey with homemade cranberries. For dessert–anything with cinnamon or pumpkin 😀

  8. I’m friends with both Zabar’s and the Shiksa in the Kitchen. My favorite holiday food is crispy potato latkes with home made applesauce !

  9. I have had an obsession with babkas ever since I was introduced to them by a friend in New Haven in the early 1990s — there was a bakery there that made them really right, really decadent and moist; I haven’t been to New Haven since 1994, but still crave babkas, which aren’t made locally in Boulder/Denver as far as I know.

    I am also latke fan and I like the ones that are very crispy and thin, not doughy.

    I like Zabar’s and Shiksa on Facebook!

  10. In my house, it’s got to be latkes. My mother made latkes every night! (except Shabbat) I continue that tradition: during Hanukkah, anything I make flat and fried is called a latke: potato, salmon, etc.!

  11. My favorite holiday food is the amazing Pumpkin Bread that my mother used to make and I now make. I also like Chocolate Babka and Seven layer chocolate cake but I don’t always have access to that…..unless we go to NY. I would make the the Babka and cake if I had good recipes.
    I also Like Zabar’s alot. When I got married 25 years ago I got alot of gifts bought at the store.

  12. Latkes! Latkes! and more Latkes!
    (also brisket…) (oh, and chocolate gelt, too)
    I already have “liked” The Shiksa on FB a long time ago, and just “liked” Zabars… So please enter me twice.
    Thanks and happy chanukah to all!

  13. Rugelah !!
    Being a Shiksa myself, I get great pleasure from making these treats for our family. I would love to win, and have you re-gift the food for me to a hospital, or home for the aged…so many could enjoy a taste and hopefully a pleasant memory or two.

  14. My favorite Christmas treat is my mom’s homemade cutout cookies fresh from the oven without frosting. So delicious. I also am going to “like” Zabar’s page on Facebook.

  15. To say latkes is just too simple and doesn’t cover it.

    Latkes made a week before, frozen and reheated on brown paper?…No! Feh!
    Latkes frozen in a box (sorry Trader Joe) pretending to be the real deal?…No! Feh!
    Latkes from a mix that sat for months on a shelf (sorry Streits)…No! Feh!

    Latkes, made with half finely chopped potatoes and onion, and half roughly grated, with perfect, yet basic seasonings, fried to crispy perfection and eaten within 3 minutes of completion with something delicious (I’m flexible here) on top..THAT is the perfect latke.

    I love latkes but not a house that smells of oil (sorry Macabees), so in my newlywed days, and before the kitchen re-do and a vent hood, I used to fry in an electric frying pan on the back porch (in Michigan, in the winter- it was worth it!)

    Happy Latkes to all!

  16. Up until Thanksgiving, I’d have to say pumpkin pie. And though it’s definitely favorite after that, honestly, I have to say I look forward to a good (yes, such a thing exists!) fruitcake.

  17. I have to admit Rugelach is my all time favorite. Buy some whenever I see them in the store.

    Already like the Shiksa and have added like to Zabar’s

    I have loved your site since I found it. Have made quite a few of your recipes and they were loved by all. Especially good for my veggie & vegan friends

  18. I like your FB recipes and blogs, shiksa and also like (love) Zabars. The Zabars holiday basket looks scrumtious! My fav holiday foods are stuffing, turkey and latkes with brisket.

  19. I’ve liked both pages…

    My favorite holiday treat is my mom’s pizelle’s. She makes them once a year. Since my husband and kids didn’t grow up with the anise flavor, they’re not used to it so I get them all!

  20. Like both Zabar’s and The Shiksa on Facebook … Favorite holiday food ~ LATKES!!! And pumpkin pear soup … and pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin everything – all made with fresh roasted and pureed pumpking … and hot cocoa! Got to have the hot cocoa!

  21. My favorite holiday treat/tradition is making challah for my in laws. It’s a two day process of making the sponge, multiple rises and finally the braiding and glazing of the traditional and round shape. When I made it last year, my husband’s grandma was so excited. “Did you know Kelsey made this bread?! She’s in!” Love that.

  22. My favorite Jewish holiday food is definitely latkes (I’m going to have to give those cheese latkes a try), but I certainly don’t mind all the cookies I get to eat during the Christmas baking season (love to my shiksa friends). Oh, and do Starbucks holiday lattes count? Skinny peppermint mocha, yummm.

Leave a Comment

Please read through the entire post and comments section before asking a question, as it may have already been answered. First time commenting? Read the comment policy.