Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oh Chanukah - Made in China

A couple of weeks ago I overheard a conversation.  Someone from out of town was asking directions to a store here because he was trying to find Chanukah candles that were made in Israel, and not in China.

Hmmmm.

In my childhood Chanukah candles were made in Israel.  There were two types.  The "cheap candles" were all white.  For a little more, you could get colored candles.  Usually the colors were white, yellow, green, blue and red.

Nowadays, there are a lot of "gourmet" (or maybe "artisan" is a better word) Chanukah candles.  Beeswax candles.  Hand dipped candles.  But the old standby colored candles (not the all white ones-I haven't seen them for years) are still in the grocery stores.

An informal survey of three supermarkets in this area found one selling only Chinese made candles and two selling both.  I found the same brand, which I will not name, made both in Israel and in China.

I guess that is why the "cheap" candles are cheap.

I won't comment otherwise.

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