Everyone knows the traditional Hanukkah foods of doughnuts and latkes. Along with an array of wines, cheese, and apple sauce, the use of the oil for the most traditional foods has significance. The oil that is used to make the jelly doughnuts and latkes are a reminder of the oil that burned for eight nights instead of one. Remember, the story of Hanukkah dates back to when the Maccabees had won a war with little oil left. The oil was supposed to last one night, instead it lasted eight. The use of the oil for latkes and jelly doughnuts is a reminder of this.