Charoset is one of the most fascinating, symbolic dishes of the Passover Seder. It represents the mortar that our ancestors were forced to spread between bricks to make majestic buildings for their Egyptian overlords, “embittering” their enslaved lives. But charoset, as it’s traditionally made, is far from bitter.
Indeed, charoset is often as sweet as can be, a delicious bite to offset the bitterness of maror, usually horseradish or lettuce, that precedes it. Over the years, Jews have strived to make the most flavorful, most delicious charoset possible. Perhaps it’s representative of Passover’s overall theme of slavery to freedom, making something bitter and transforming it into something sweet. In any case, it’s hella good.
Here are some of the most creative, crazy charosets we found on Instagram.
Charoset Deviled Eggs
This dish combines nearly every symbolic food on the seder plate: charoset, maror and the hard-boiled egg. It’s what this instagramer calls an “aggressive Seder.”
The Charoset Pyramid
In a literal representation of the mortar the Jews used to build Egypt’s great pyramids, someone got the wise idea to take the gooey, sticky mixture and form it into a pyramid. It certainly makes a statement.
Lemon Coconut Charoset
Forget the wine and the walnuts. This lemony, coconutty and tangy take on charoset will change the way you think about it (and because it’s more tangy than sweet, it is perhaps a truer representation of what charoset should taste like.)
Charoset Apple Raisin Cobbler
Charoset may be sweet, but it doesn’t exactly read “dessert.” Until now. By making a crumble crust out of almond flour and stuffing it with charoset filling, this is the perfect dish to serve as you conclude the Seder meal.
What to do with all the charoset leftovers (assuming you even have charoset leftovers)? Well, make them a part of your breakfast! Simply add yogurt and granola and voila, the perfect morning meal.
Charoset, in its traditional Ashkenazi form, is not exactly the perfect addition to a salad. But if you cut up, instead of grinding, the ingredients, they in fact make a perfectly sweet and bright California-style salad.
The Healthy Charoset
No grinding, no cooking: This deconstructed charoset resembles health-food cereal more than it does charoset. Sure, it’s not traditional, but the lack of added sugar is a huge plus for waistline-minded Jews.
Charoset Ice Cream
Charoset is sweet; ice cream is sweet. So why not put them together? Obviously, this makes for the perfect match made in ice cream heaven.
Moroccan Charoset Truffles
Because charoset is known for its mix of fruits and nuts, it’s no wonder that vegans and raw-food nuts (see what I did there?) would appropriate it into something resembling a health ball. (Or, in this case, a “truffle.”)
Charoset Bliss Balls
Basically a truffle by another name (see: charoset truffles above), these bliss balls are coated in coconut to make for the perfect snack to get you through that excruciatingly long maggid portion of the whole seder.