Potato Fact #219

Beginning in the 1920s, trade unions began displacing traditional latkes with the more profitable and convenient Israeli donut (sufganiya). The tradition, after all, is about the oil, not the potatoes. Chanukah commemorates the miracle of a single flask of oil keeping the Holy Temple alight for 8 days. Also, birds were often slaughtered around this time to avoid feeding them over the winter, resulting in a surplus of animal fat.