Kogel mogel

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Kogel mogel
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A dish of creamy homemade Gogl-Mogl
Alternative name(s) Gogl-Mogl, Gogel-Mogel, Gogle-mogle
Type Dessert
Place of origin Jewish communities of eastern Europe
Serving temperature Chilled or room temperature
Main ingredient(s) Egg yolks, sugar
Variations add orange juice for a taste similar to an Orange Julius

A Kogel mogel, Gogl-Mogl, Gogel-Mogel or Gogle-mogle (Yiddish: גאָגל-מאָגל) is an egg-based homemade dessert popular in Eastern Europe made from egg yolks, sugar, and flavourings such as honey, cocoa or rum, rather close to eggnog. In its classic form it is served slightly chilled or at room temperature. Served warm, it is considered a home remedy for sore throats. As a home remedy it could be of Russian or Yiddish origin. Variations include milk, honey and soda.[1]

It is often prepared as a transition food for babies moving from a cereal diet to one that includes eggs and other soft foods. It is also a folk medicine used for treating colds or flu, particularly chest colds and laryngitis. Gogle-mogle is ranked highly among other traditional cold remedies such as Grandma's chicken soup.

The baby transition recipe includes raw eggs and sugar which in spite of its widespread use in Russia, is a health risk to young children due to possible contraction of Salmonella.

Gogle-mogle may have its roots in the Jewish code of law called the Shulchan Arukh[2] where one is allowed to consume sweet syrup and/or raw egg on Shabbat to makes one's voice more pleasant.


It is a simple dessert to prepare. The dish consists of raw egg yolks and sugar, beaten and ground until they form a creamy texture, with no discernible grains of sugar. A classic single Gogl-Mogl portion is made from two egg yolks and three teaspoons of sugar beat into a cream-like dish. Variations can be made by adding chocolate, vodka, honey, lemon juice, raisins, whipped cream, or a number of other ingredients based on one's own taste preferences. A Polish variation includes the addition of orange juice, creating a taste similar to an Orange Julius.

As a remedy, it must be served warm or hot. The simplest form of preparation is with no egg, only honey added to warm milk. More commonly, a single raw egg is added to a cup of warm milk and mixed with a tablespoon of honey.


Gogle Mogle became known with this name by the 17th-century Jewish communities of Central Europe. The dessert was made popular during the communist era when sweets were rare. It is still eaten in Poland and in Polish communities around the world.

Gogle Mogle is also used as a home remedy for treating a sore throat. Research done in Israel suggests that it may assist in the treatment of sore throats.[3][4]

It has been postulated that the name of the number Googol, coined by the 9 year old nephew of Edward Kasner of Jewish origin, originates with the thick texture of Gogle Mogle. The company and search engine name Google, was given as a play on the spelling of the Googol number.[5]

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  1. ^ Prevention, Alternative Health, Bubbes Remedies, Jewish Genetic Diseases, Jewish Medical Ethics
  2. ^ Halacha-Yomi - Torah.org
  3. ^ Dr. Samuel Givon, an internal medicine expert of the Israel General Medical Service, says that research proved warm Gogle Mogle does assist with an antibiotic effect, by widening the blood vessels in the throat, thus bringing more blood and antigens to the inflamed area, thus hastening the recovery
  4. ^ Grandma gave you Gogle Mogle? It really works! (Hebrew, Ynet article)
  5. ^ The origin of the name Google (Stanford University Computer Graphics Laboratory website)

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