The Racist Origins of the Krembo.
I’m sure you’ve tried one. Its that delicious chocolate-covered marshmallow treat, the one that lies there wrapped in foil on tops of piles of Hebrew sweets. Oh, the delight of the children, the satisfaction of the chub devouring one outside the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station!
Really, the history of the Krembo is kind of symbolic of how far we haven’t come in our little Zionist project. The Krembo, which in Hebrew translates to “cream in it” was called a rosh kushi in Mandate Hebrew, or Kushite Head in the loshn of America. The treat’s name was apparently given by the central Europeans who invented the things. In settlements all over eretz yisroel, Jewish pioneer children would go the makolet and buy a candy that was intended to remind the child of a biblical black person’s head.
Just goes to show how ancient our racial notions run. When the candy was industrialized, the patent holder coined the name “Krembo.” How vaguely similar to Sambo and Kimbo.
Now, when I see a small Hebrew child chomping into a Krembo, I’ll shudder in fear and puke.