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On Chanukah this year we will make a blessing on wine and then having latkas, etc.. I am looking for something mazonot to serve after the wine bracha which is not sweet. We are not making Hamotzi. Are corn chips mazonot? What other non sweet simple food would be mazonot?

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Corn is never mezonot. –  yitznewton Nov 12 '13 at 20:39
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Also note that the Mezonoth should be recited before the wine Berachah. –  Seth J Nov 12 '13 at 22:03
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Hi Juliet and welcome to Mi Yodeya. There is some discussion about whether your question is more about the br'acha on corn chips or more about recommendations, and if the latter, how best to cast it. I'm going to put this on hold (to prevent more answers) while that gets sorted out. This is one proposal for an edit. Could we have your input on all this, in a comment or an edit? Thanks! –  Monica Cellio Nov 12 '13 at 23:00
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The Berachot Site (whose sources are explained here), lists corn chips as requiring a "Shehakol," presumably because they don't contain flour made of one of the primary grains.

(However, note that in a case where flour from one of the five m'zonos grains is even a minority ingredient in the chips, the chips would still require a blessing of m'zonos unless the flour is only in the food as a binding agent or for the consistency of the food or some such (Shulchan Aruch OC 208:2). Thanks to Fred for pointing this out in a comment.)

You can look through the listings at that site for ideas for foods that require a "Mezonot." The first savory snack foods that come to mind are pretzels and crackers.

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@Fred Thanks; incorporated. –  Isaac Moses Nov 12 '13 at 20:48
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Try Bissli from Osem or Super Snacks from Ki Tov. You could also use Chow Mein Noodles or Croutons (soup Mandle).

These are all Mezonos and not sweet.

There are some onion rings that are Mezonos.

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Shibolim crackers are delicious, healthy, not sweet, and Mezonos.

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Probably depends how many you eat. –  Double AA Nov 13 '13 at 4:08
    
@double aa, also depends on whether you like that sort of thing. ("Delicious") –  Seth J Nov 13 '13 at 4:27
    
@SethJ Yes, but my factor affects the Mezonos status, which is the essential one for the answer. –  Double AA Nov 13 '13 at 4:32
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