Monday, April 03, 2017

1778 And the Winner Is

1778 And the Winner is…

Nobody.  This by way of introduction to this year’s Passover Matzoh ratings.

Things must be tough in the bakery business.  The bad news is every brand tested at the Wessays™ Secret Mountain Laboratory came up short.  The good news:  the packages are getting smaller.

So without further ceremony (because there’s way more than enough of that at every Seder) here are the ratings.

STREIT’S usually is the best of a bad lot but this year wins but three stars.  This stuff is produced in New York and evidently aged in oak casks like a fine grape juice.  This year’s crop is brittle, dry and generally icky.

YEHUDA, imported from Israel where in colloquial Hebrew the word means constipated. Yehuda again lives up to its well deserved reputation as cardboard- like and brittle even by the standards of this baked good. It’s not baked good.  It’s barely baked at all.

MANISCHEWITZ, our perpetual last place major brand is about as it always is, proving the water in New Jersey is no worse than the water on the Lower East side or in Haifa.  This is the company that coined the market on “baked stale.”  And their secret has never been fully revealed.

Of course, matzah, especially Passover matzo is supposed to be stale.  But Manischewitz is the only brand that doesn’t have to be left out before it’s wrapped to get that Kosher For Passover crumble down pat.

Understand that we rate only these brands because they’re pretty universally available and consistent because they’re made by machine. But there are neighborhood bakeries here and there that make the stuff by hand.

So if you’re inviting guests for first Seder, you might want to try such of that as you can find. It doesn’t taste any better.  But you stand a chance of getting something in which most of the edges aren’t burned and you can say your matzas was hand crafted.

-Did we miss any of the different spellings of the passover food item and if so please let us know.

-Awful no matter how you spell it.

-Transliterated so you can spell it any way you want.

-Can something be “pretty universal” or is that as bad as “very unique?”

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I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®
Additional reporting by Affi Khoman in Crown Heights.
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