Pictured: Latkes, which are not melon dreidels, but I never snapped a pic of the dreidels. I ate them.
Who says a dreidel must be fashioned from clay?
Low on the glycemic load and index, this treat is colorful and fun!
Cut melon into 1″ X 2″ bricks (1 per dreidel). In the last inch of the length, carve to a point with four sides.
With a toothpick, carve nun, gimel, hei, and shin on each side (food coloring could also be used to draw the symbols).
which together form the acronym for (Nes Gadol Haya Sham – “a great miracle happened there”). These letters also form a mnemonic for the rules of a gambling game played with a dreidel: Nun stands for the Yiddish word nite (“nothing”), Hei stands for halb (“half”), Gimel for gants (“all”), and Shin for shteln (“put”).
- Nun – nisht – “nothing” – nothing happens and the next player spins
- Gimel – gants – “all” – the player takes the entire pot
- Hey – halb – “half” – the player takes half of the pot, rounding up if there is an odd number
- Shin – shtel ayn – “put in” – the player puts two markers in the pot