Kinder eggs, made of good quality chocolate with a toy in the middle, used to be popular in Israel. This year the kids received a chocolate-flavored knock-off called “TOY” in their shul candy bags. Made in Turkey, it’s imported by a company in Bnei Brak.
The ingredients in English read: Sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oil, cocoa powder, emulsifier, nature identical flavor (vanilin). Curious as to where that last phrase came from, I checked the Hebrew. The item, delightfully, is called “chomer taam va-re’ach dimui tivi,” which means “imitation natural flavor and smell.” Yum.
The label does contain reassuring information, including certification from the Chatam Sofer and the notice “None products contains pig fat.” If it’s meant for Moslems, wouldn’t it have an Arabic label? I have never seen that before.