Snaynyé, lebanese tradition to celebrate the baby’s first tooth out. The word Snaynyé comes from “snen” that means teeth. The mother prepares this traditional sweet once the first tooth appears and she sends to family, neighbors and friends who will return the empty plate with a gift to wish mabrook the new tooth.
Snaynyé consists of boiled wheat garnished with sugar, orange blossom and nuts. Previously they used to put colored sugar coated chickpeas and pomegranate seeds, but nowadays with the endless variety of sweets they decorate it with jelly beans, marshmallows, M&M….
Very easy and simple to make. You choose how much wheat you want to make, you soak it in water at least 12 hours and then you boil it until tender. For a nicer hint of anise taste, you put anise seeds when boiling. When serving you add sugar and orange blossom water to each portion according to the person taste. It’s served cold and hot also depending on your taste. personally i like it hot.
For garnish you can put almonds, pine seeds, pistachio, walnut or any nut you favor. Raisins and pomegranate seeds go heavenly with it as well. As for the sweets you can go as creative as you want. The aim is to have candies that need strong teeth to be chewed, to say that our baby now has his first strong tooth. I only put candies (in form of teeth) trying to be as classic as possible.
It used to be offered in plates, nowadays people go more creative. I chose to send it to my relatives and friends in jars adding a smiley spoon to remain as souvenir. And as a sushi lover i added to some jars a small boy (smiling and showing his teeth) that serves later as automatic chopsticks for beginner kids to “my sushi lovers friends”. With a “my first tooth” tag to complete the souvenir.
I love our traditions and i try to keep them and let my kids live them (though we are living abroad). It’s beautiful how we make from every milestone in our kids life an important and joyful event. God bless all kids and keep them safe, healthy and happy. Mabrook your first tooth my baby love ❤