|Alternative names||Soup mandel|
|Place of origin||Israel|
|Main ingredients||Flour, palm oil|
Shkedei marak (Hebrew: שקדי מרק, literally soup almonds), known as mandlakh in Yiddish, or as "soup mandels" in the United States, is an Israeli food product consisting of crisp mini croutons used as a soup accompaniment. Shkedei marak are small yellow squares made from flour and palm oil. As a parve product, they can be used in either meat or cream soups. Despite the name, they contain no almonds.
The word mandlach is the plural diminutive of mandel, which means "almond" in German and Yiddish. The word "shkedei" is the plural form of "shaked", which means "almond" in Hebrew, and "marak" is the Hebrew word for soup.
For many years Osem was the exclusive manufacturer of shkedei marak in Israel, but today the product is also marketed by other Israeli food companies, such as Vita and Knorr. Davidovich Bakery & Sons located near Haifa also produces and packages soup almonds under a variety of brand names. Over the years, food companies have experimented with different shapes for shkedei marak, including stars, rings, and little fish. In addition to their use in soups, shkedei marak are eaten plain as a snack food.
- Shkedei marak marketed as Soup Mandel in the U.S. Archived 2009-02-25 at the Wayback Machine
- Falafel Nation: Cuisine and the Making of National Identity in Israel, Yael Raviv
- Shkedei marak: a new Knorr product
- Davidovich Bakery & Sons Archived 2008-12-28 at the Wayback Machine: company web site
- Fish-shaped mini mandels Archived 2009-02-21 at the Wayback Machine on Osem web site (type "mandel" in search field)