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44. The Aish Academy Brachot Food Guide

December 8, 2015 | by Aish.com

The correct bracha to say for over 500 food items.

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Food

Bracha Rishona

Bracha Achrona

Notes

alcoholic beverages

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

No bracha achrona, if did not drink a revi'it in a few gulps. Bracha achrona for wine is Ha'gafen.

All Bran (cereal)

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

almond

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

Almond Delight (cereal)

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

Alpha Bits (cereal)

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

anchovies

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

apple

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

apple cake

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

apple juice / cider

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

apple pie

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

If didn't eat a kezayit of crust within 3-4 minutes, the bracha achrona is Borei Nefashot.

apple sauce - chunky

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

apple sauce - smooth (strained)

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

apple strudel

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

If very thin strip of dough, bracha is Ha'aitz and Borei Nefashot.

apricot

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

apricot jam/jelly - with fruit pieces

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

This is usually tafel, so only say a bracha if eaten alone.

apricot jam/jelly - without fruit pieces

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

This is usually tafel, so only say a bracha if eaten alone.

artichoke

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

asparagus

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

asparagus soup

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

aspirin

none

none

 

aspirin, children's (if pleasant tasting)

Shehakol

none

No after-bracha, since a kezayit volume is not consumed

avocado

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

B

bagel

Hamotzee

Birkat Hamazon

 

baked apple

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

baked beans

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

bamboo shoots

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

banana

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

banana bread

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

If eaten as (or with) a meal, say Hamotzee and Birkat Hamazon.

banana chips

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

banana split ice cream

Shehakol + Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

Both brachot must be said because both foods are desired.

barley (cooked)

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

barley soup

Mezonot + Shehakol

Al Ha'michya

If the barley is majority, then only say Mezonot

bean soup

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

beans

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

beef

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

beef stew (potatoes and meat)

Ha'adama +
Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

If small pieces, and either the meat or potatoes is the majority (ikar), then say only one bracha rishona.

beer

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

beets

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

blackberries

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

blintzes

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

blueberries

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

bologna

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

borekas

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

If eaten as (or with) a meal, say Hamotzee and Birkat Hamazon.

borscht 

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

bourbon

Shehakol

none

since typically do not drink a revi'it in a few gulps

bran

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

Bran Chex (cereal)

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

Bran Flakes (cereal)

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

bran muffins

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

If eaten as (or with) a meal, say Hamotzee and Birkat Hamazon.

brandy

Shehakol

none

since typically do not drink a revi'it in a few gulps

brazil nuts

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

bread

Hamotzee

Birkat Hamazon

 

bread sticks 

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

If eaten as (or with) a meal, ezonot if it has a thick coating.

breaded chicken or fish

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

Say Mezonot if it has a thick coating.

broccoli

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

broth (vegetable)

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

brownies

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

Brussels sprouts

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

bubble gum

Shehakol

none

No bracha achrona, because you only "swallow" the sugar and flavoring, which is less than a kezayit.

buckwheat (kasha)

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

Buckwheat is a legume, not a grain. 

bun (bread)

Hamotzee

Birkat Hamazon

 

bun (sweet dough)

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

If eaten as (or with) a meal, say Hamotzee and Birkat Hamazon.

butter

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

This is usually tafel, so only say a bracha if eaten alone.

buttermilk

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

C

cabbage

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

cake

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

calzone (eaten as a meal)

Hamotzee

Birkat Hamazon

Bracha is Mezonot if not eaten as part of a meal.

candy

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

cantaloupe

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

carob

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

carrot

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

carrot cake

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

carrot juice

Shehakol

Borei Nefashot

 

cashew

Ha'aitz

Borei Nefashot

 

casserole (with noodles or pie crust)

Mezonot

Al Ha'michya

 

cauliflower

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 

celery

Ha'adama

Borei Nefashot

 
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