Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Ginger Delight

Name: Ginger Delight
Brand: The Ginger People
Place Purchased: Whole Foods
Price: $4.99
Size: 8.5 oz
Calories per ounce: 80
Type: Turkish Delight

When I was a kid I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. In it, Edmund is lured into the White Witch’s carriage with promises of Turkish delight. I found something called Turkish Paste at Middle Eastern markets and decided that’s what was in the book.

Turkish Delight is basically jellied sugar. Usually just a mixture of sugar, a dash of corn starch and a little flavor. Typical flavors for Turkish Delight are aromatic in nature (there’s no sour tang, just sweetness, smooth texture and scent). Most common are rose and lemon.

At Whole Foods over the weekend I found that The Ginger People have created a Turkish Delight with the scent of ginger and even smooth little ginger pieces. First thing to know about Turkish Delight is that it’s very messy. The little jelly squares are usually cut into cubes and then dusted generously in confectioners sugar and corn starch to keep them from sticking. You can’t help but get it everywhere, so I recommend wearing white when consuming Turkish Delight so as not to look like a slob.

The cubes are not heavily fragranced, but upon biting into them they’re smooth and delicately flavored with ginger. Occasionally there’s a little treat of a smooth pieces of ginger in there. There’s no bite to it, which I was a little disappointed with, but that’s not really Turkish Delight’s style.

Turkish Delight is not an everyday snacking candy, it’s a special treat or for specific occasions. I’ll probably buy this again, but not anytime soon.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:50 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewThe Ginger PeopleGingerJelly Candy7-Worth ItUnited States

  1. When I was in line at Trader Joe’s the other day the gentlman in front of me was buying four (4) boxes of Stash Ginger Tea.

    He praised it to me, extolling ginger’s virtue for something or other, but I bet he doesn’t know about this candy!

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. These are so freaking delicious! My mom got some for me one Christmas and I haven’t been able to find them since. They’re so good though. I like the ginger chews by the same company, but they hurt my sensitive teeth, these were much better.

    Comment by Jou on 12/03/11 at 11:10 am #
  3. I’ve found these at Cost Plus World Market. They carry a lot of different items by Ginger People. So delicious! I also love ginger tea…ginger anything, really.

    Comment by Christina on 12/06/11 at 7:36 am #
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