To remember and celebrate the miracle of the oil, Hanukkah food is cooked or fried in oil. This is represented by the classic Hanukkah foods: jelly doughnuts (soofganiyot) and potato pancakes (latkes, or levivot in Hebrew).
However, there are many variations of Hanukkah doughnuts and latkes. In Israel, it is common to see beautifully decorated soofganiyot with all types of tasty fillings, such as chocolate and cream. You can also find latke recipes that use different vegetables, nuts, cheeses and herbs.