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There’s a Subscription for That: Challah Bread

Jeanne Sager
ByJeanne SagerSep 6, 2021 | 7 comments

There’s a Subscription For That is a new series spotlighting subscriptions the team at My Subscription Addiction finds interesting and is excited to share with readers. 

The pandemic may have made bread makers out of many of us, but if you didn’t quite catch the bug or if you’re looking to expand your bread baking skills, there’s a subscription for that! For around $45 (less for longer subscriptions), The Challah Box ships out just the right amount of pre-measured ingredients to put a perfect loaf on every Shabbat table or just your average (yet totally delicious) breakfast table.

Not familiar with challah? This braided bread is a tradition in Jewish homes around the globe — and it makes some seriously good French toast too. Traditionally made by hand, challah is brushed with an egg wash, so it comes out of the oven looking oh so shiny and oh so tasty. You can sprinkle on extras like poppy seeds or stuff it with surprises like Nutella.

So why a subscription box? Simple — the folks at The Challah Box say their goal is to “disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life,” and they “bet you’re going to get hooked on the therapeutic process” of rolling out that dough, working the gluten, and forming neat braids for your next meal. Considering challah’s one of those breads that needs to be kneaded — there’s surely a bit of therapy that comes with working out a few frustrations in a healthy way!

Co-creator Ilana got the idea for the box after her synagogue held a challah baking event in memory of her late father, drawing a group of 50 women together to mix up a batch of challah.

“Physically, I left with challah, but mentally I walked away with so much more,” she explains on The Challah Box site. “I felt a deep sense of community, purpose, and love. I knew that I wanted to take that feeling and box it up.”

Each box contains pre-measured ingredients to make your challah, along with instructions. The only thing you need to supply is eggs and water. Traditionally two loaves are baked each week. Follow that, and one box is estimated to last about a month.

The box also throws in this interesting tidbit: each box includes a 5-pound bag of flour because it is the minimum amount of flour required to separate a small piece of challah dough.

baking ingredients to make challah in individual packaging

The sky seems to be the limit when it comes to using a box like this — baking with your kids or a romantic partner, calling some friends over to sink your hands into the dough and work out a little stress from the work week, or even sharing some time in the kitchen with a relative.

Thinking about a subscription? Here’s what you’ll need to know.

The Details:

  • The Challah Box ships monthly with prices starting at $45, with options to save with a longer commitment.
  • Each box contains the bulk of the ingredients to make about eight loaves of challah, but you supply the eggs and water.
  • Each month 5% of profits go to a charity of the company’s choice.
  • Shipping is free worldwide.

What do you think of The Challah Box?

 

Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager has strung words together for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. A writer, photographer, and social media geek, she lives in upstate NY with her family and too many pets.

Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager
Jeanne Sager has strung words together for The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more. A writer, photographer, and social media geek, she lives in upstate NY with her family and too many pets.
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7 comments

Sandra

Please start fact checking or getting reviewers who are knowledgeable about what they are writing about.

Kay

In spite of the errors others have pointed out here I appreciate the inclusion of this sub on MSA. I may just give it a try!
I hope MSA will review Artzabox.

mimi retzkin

The CH does NOT sound like H; it’s gutteral — think clearing your throat. And “mitzvah” means good deed, not blessing. Brucha is Hebrew for blessing.

Sherri

Ugh MSA, please fact check before posting. This comment is 100% correct. You cannot describe the “ch” in challah with the sound of a single letter, well, or any letters for that matter. The sound comes from the throat, and yes, it’s a akin to the sound you might make when getting ready to spit (clearly not easy to describe). And you can’t “say a mitzvah.” You DO a mitzvah.

I’m not easily offended but this is teetering on the border of offensive, because it basically shows a disregard/lack of respect for Jewish people’s religion/culture, or at minimum it shows indifference, which isn’t much better.

Rachel

Thank you all for clarifying. I understand not everybody knows everything but a quick search should give you an answer. It’s not that hard to do. I find it better to ask then just blatantly assume things.

Amy Oravec

It shows a lazy editor put this together.

Dea

I came here to point out ornerily (?) that the word challah is pronounced exactly the way it’s spelled, not holla. I stopped reading after that. Fooy.

Exactly. You cannot say a mitzvah. You do it.

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