|Alternative name(s)||Soup mandel|
|Place of origin||Israel|
|Main ingredient(s)||Flour, palm oil|
Shkedei marak (Hebrew: שקדי מרק, literally soup almonds), known as "soup mandel" 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.
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. Today only the original squares survive. In addition to their use in soups, shkedei marak are eaten plain as a snack food.