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This week we celebrate Lag BaOmer and I wanted to share a recipe to fit the holiday spirit. But I found myself thinking about the holiday a lot, what does it Lag BaOmer even mean? Well, Lag BaOmer always takes place on the 18th day of the month of Iyar. So, the word “Lag" is made up of the Hebrew letters Lamed and Gimel, and together they have the numerical value of 33. “BaOmer" stands for “of the Omer." The Omer is the counting period that starts on the second day of Passover and comes to a head with the holiday of Shavuot, following day number 49.
Therefore, Lag BaOmer is the 33rd day of the Omer count, which also coincides with 18 Iyar. But why do we count the days? One reason is that Shavuot is the holiday when we received the Torah on Mount Sinai and we are excited and have waiting for it so that’s why we count the days. The days of counting the Omer are a mourning period for Jews. On the 33rd day, all the mourning customs stop for a day and you are allowed to celebrate. This day symbolizes when the Bar Kokhba revolt defeated the Roman Empire. The rebels light torches and bonfires to spread the word about the revolt and therefore, the most common custom is lighting of bonfires during Lag BaOmer.
But enough about history, let’s talk about food. During Lag BaOmer, you usually cook potatoes and sweets, like marshmallows on a stick. However, I wanted something that was a bit more elegant. That’s why I made individual cups of chocolate mousse and you don't even really have it near the bonfire. My chocolate mousse has a bonfire design which I think is very festive ☺
The recipe is very simple to make (which is a common theme in my blog!) and you can make it parve using non-dairy whipping cream.
The decorations for the mousse are made from hard candies that I melted and broke to look like flames of fire and for the "wood", you can use pretzels or rolled wafer cookies. If you need a bigger dessert or you just don't want a cup dessert, you can also decorate a chocolate cake with these decorations. I have a recipe for vegan chocolate cake with frosting here.
Happy Lag BaOmer! Get started making this delicious dessert, check out the recipe for Lag BaOmer Chocolate Mousse below: