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. 

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  1. How to choose a favorite treat during a time of year when everything is a sensory experience that evokes childhood memories, traditions and familiar flavors? Oy, what a happy task to consider! Maybe my favorite, just because it came to mind first, is a mixed berry trifle using babka instead of angel food cake. Just remember to drizzle a little chocolate syrup over the top. Really, you can never have too much chocolate.

  2. my favorite holiday food is crispy latkes with pleanty of onions. but being the strange woman that I am- I love them covered in maple syurp.

  3. I have liked both the Shiksa and Zabar’s on Facebook.

    My favorite holiday food of all holidays has to be my mother’s Pesach brownies. Little fudgy bombs of chocolate, nuts and wine, they are THE taste of Pesach to me.

    My favorite Chanukah food, though, are fresh-made sufganiyot drenched in powdered sugar and eaten warm. Mmmmmmm, good!

  4. My favorite holiday food is the chicken soup with matzoh balls that I make only on Passover and Rosh Hashonah! Heavenly!
    PS-I have liked both pages.Please enter me twice!

  5. My favorite holiday food(s) are potato latkes and chopped liver – NOT together. Love the blog!!! Would also love to receive this crate!!!

  6. I have liked Zabar’s and The Shiksa on FB and my favorite holiday treat is Gingerbread with white icing. It’s fun to decorate with my kids and share with all my friends!

  7. zabars cinnamon babka! My personal fave! I used to live across the street and we would have to lift & squeeze each one to see which was the heaviest & had the most cinnamon deliciousness! Now we live in California and are very babka deprived :-(
    I liked both Shiksa & Zabars!

  8. Oh, the site of that prize makes this Jersey girl jealous. There are no real Jewish bakeries in Raleigh. Enjos your posts and look forward to seeing what’s on the daily menu at Zabars. Everyone in our house is looking forward to latkes. I blogged about going local with latkes today with an interview with Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of “Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South.” Take a look at link to

  9. omg…not only do i miss good rugelach, but since moving to Florida from NY stopping by Zabars is no longer a favorite, but would love to have both my fav’s in my belly….lol

  10. I like the latkes. Yes, quite basic but we’re fairly new to the Jewish faith. My grandmother was Jewish but didn’t practice. She did instill some of the foods but never made latkes. Now, with a brand new baby, I want to play with the flavors and come up with my own signature. Hopefully, years from now my son will say he loves his mom’s latkes!

  11. Latkes ( if we are specifically talking about this time of year) & in general ..Kasha Varnishkes ( my family says “it’s not a holiday without it”)

  12. My favorite Holiday food is turkey or lamb and dressing with collared greens,sweet potato casserole and crescent rolls and macaroni and cheese. But I am always open to new foods and drinks!

  13. Latkes. And for Shavuot, blintzes. And Succot, stuffed cabbage. And Pesach, blueberry muffins, awesome recipe; everyone eats them for breakfast. And Rosh Hashanah, my MIL’s apple cake.

  14. Latkes is a favorite – I like both your page and zabars. I love the chocolate chip cheese strudel from zabars. That is the best.

  15. My favorite holiday food is my mother’s latkes (w/her matzoh balls a close second). I liked The Shiksa in the Kitchen and Zabar’s Facebook pages.

  16. My favorite holiday food is my mother’s cranberry relish – cranberries, pecans, orange peel, and I’m not sure what else, but it all adds up to holiday goodness.

  17. My favorite holiday foods my mom’s stuffed cabbage and brisket. Served on different nights of course.
    Hard to choose one over the other. Finished off with Zabars French Roast coffee and Zabars chocolate babka. A person could die happy after that.

  18. My favorite holiday food is cinnamon babka from Zabar’s. Nothing makes me happier than seeing that box from Zabar’s at my front door!

  19. My favorite holiday food is bimuelos, a morocaan deep fried donut. Just the smell of oil and the dough frying bring back memories of my mom frying one after another- and like a trooper, after they were all done, would make another batch so that we could have all we wanted. She along with my dad are gone now for a year and half, and boy, do i wish i could have one more taste of those, made by her loving hands.

  20. This is our favorite place in NYC! Since we moved away from the city, we order babka and bagels all the time, all the way to California…. We miss you guys!

  21. OMG(oodness)! A chance on a babka and rugelach basket!!

    When I was a child, my aunt and uncle used to come to Vermont from NYC bearing baked goods. You didn’t get much exposure to that IN Vermont. It was heavenly and there was always ‘just enough’ for us to have for Sunday breakfast after everyone left.

    Now, as an adult, I had the chance for many years to travel to New York and avail myself of those wonderful baked goods (among others). But I have settled in Maine and while there are good bakeries here, there is nothing like what you can get at Zabar’s. To be able to nosh on some cinnamon rugelach or some slightly warmed babka…..I can just smell it.

    I don’t travel so much anymore, and times are tough. But when I have a few extra dollars I order something from Zabar’s if, for no onther reason, than the nostalgic factor. Well, that and it’s still so darned good!

    I AM going to like Zabar’s and the Shicksa to double the chances of winning that wonderful basket.

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