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iKonnect's Top 5 Israeli Desserts

Israel is a melting pot of people from countries all over the world, so when you walk into a bakery or the local shuk, you will see desserts that are inspired by people from all over.

01 Kanafe

Kanafe has always been a classic middle eastern delicacy, but it’s recently made a big comeback as a popular “fast-food” treat in Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem shuk (open-air market)! It’s made of phyllo dough soaked in sweet, sugar syrup, layered with cheese, and sprinkled with ground pistachios. It even has rose water in there somewhere and is best eaten HOT!

A small pot Israeli dessert, kanafe, on a table next to a plate with a piece of kanafe
A small pot of kanafe

02 Halva

You would never know (unless you know) that halva and tahini are made of the same ingredient - sesame seeds! Halva is the Arabic word for sweetness. It comes in over 100 flavors from cookies and cream to pistachio, chocolate, caramel, and many more. This crumbly dessert also comes in string form that melts in your mouth kind of like cotton candy.

Rows of Israeli halva cakes lined up with small signs on each dessert
Cakes of Halva for sale at the Shuk

03 Rugelah

Rugelah is the perfect cross between a cookie and a cake. It's like a cinnamon roll but filled with the perfect amount of chocolate mixture. Whether you like them gooey or cakier, rugelah is a staple dessert in Israel. Israeli bakery Marzipan is famous for its gooey, melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey rugelah.

A stack the Israeli dessert, rugalah on a plate with the sign 'Nutella Rugalach'
Nutella Rugalah

04 Dates

Dates require no baking or preparation and are delicious (and healthy) any time of day. Dates are one of the seven species of foods that are native to the land of Israel and grow wild here! If you’re looking to add a little kick to dates, freeze them, and when you’re ready to eat them, open it up, take out the pit and put a pecan inside.

If you want to get really extravagant (but actually, it’s really easy) open a date, take out the pit, fill it with natural peanut butter and some peanuts for crunch, freeze it until the peanut butter is hardened. Then dip it in melted dark chocolate and put it back in the freezer. Pop one out wherever you're craving something sweet!

Israeli dessert of stuffed dates on a table
Dates stuffed with walnuts

05 Malabi

Have you have heard of rose water? Did you know that you can use it in desserts? Malabi (don't you love the way that word rolls off your tongue?) is a surprisingly light and delicious treat. It's a creamy, milk pudding base topped with rosewater syrup, crushed pistachios, and coconut. It's not your classic hot chocolate cake - but it's divine.

Cup of Malabi, an Israeli dessert with red syrup covered in nuts in sunlight
Cup of Malabi with syrup


Mar 24, 2021

I haven't tried Kanafe yet!


Kayla Rosen
Kayla Rosen
Mar 24, 2021

Yum! Can't wait to try these:)

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