Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Maccabeans

Traditionally at Hanukkah, children get gelt (chocolate coins) and play the dreidel game to win more. Now, you have an alternative: Maccabeans, legendary jelly beans. Kosher, tasty and a little kitschy, they come with their own "legend":

And it came to pass that the Maccabees had been fighting for many days. They were hungry and grew weak, for they had endured many hardships with little sustenance. Suddenly Judah chanced upon a small pot of jelly beans with enough to nourish only one. But selfless leader that he was, Judah apportioned the beans equally among his men. Then to the astonishment of all, the beans began to multiply in all the colors of the rainbow. One bean became two, two became four, four became eight, and so on, until there were ample beans for all. Replenished by the amazing beans, the Maccabees battled on and triumphed over tyranny.


which is an obvious spoof on the miracle of the oil story.