Munchies

Best of LA, June 2008

Unless you’ve spent time on a kibbutz, you’ve probably never seen most of the kosher confections at Munchies (8859 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310-777-0221 or lamunchies.com). Certain ingredients are verboten (standard gelatin, for example), so the owners must go farther afield to assemble confections capable of winning a rabbi’s approval. Laffy Taffy, PEZ, and Haribo line the shelves, alongside bars and suckers from Poland and Israel. Three hundred bulk bins are filled with hard-to-find classics like candy rocks as well as gummies and sugar-free options. Don’t expect to sate a Saturday-afternoon hankering for rum cordial balls: Munchies is closed for the Sabbath.