Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Turkish Delight

Name: Turkish Delight (Hazelnut)
Brand: Sultan
Place Purchased: gift
Price: $4.69
Type: Turkish Delight

I’ve gotten the impression that some of those who come to the Candy Blog are curious about Turkish Delight. I’ve already detailed my impressions of The Ginger People’s Ginger Delight. Today’s review is of a more traditional Turkish Delight.

But first a little background from the back of the package:

An old Turkish aphorism tells one to “eat sweetly and speak sweetly”. Sweets have always been an important component of Turkish cuisine. The origin of Lokum - Turkish Delight - dates back to the time of the Ottoman Empire. A part of Turkish culture for centuries, the recipe has remained virtually unchanged from its inception.

A whimsical tale tells of the creation of Turkish Delight: In an attempt to appease his many wives, a famous Sultan ordered his confectioner to create a unique sweet. Eager to please his Sultan, the confectioner blended a concoction of sugar syrup, various flavorings, nuts and dried fruits then bound them together with mastic (gum arabic). After many attempts, the delicately scented and sugary sweet Lokum - better known in the West as Turkish Delight - was created. The Sultan was so taken by this elegant new creation that he appointed the sweet maker the court’s Chief Confectioner. Thereafter a plate of Lokum was served at daily feast in the Ottoman Court.

Lokum was unveiled to the west in the 19th century. During his travels to Istanbul, an unknown British traveler became very fond of the Turkish delicacies, purchased cases of Lokum and he shipped them to Britain under the name Turkish Delight. Today, Turkish Delight remains the sweet of choice in many Turkish homes. Enjoyed world wide, the subtle flavours of Turkish Delight finely compliment coffee and sweeten the breath at the end of a meal. Traditionally offered at Christmas in the West, Turkish Delight is becoming increasingly popular as a confection to be enjoyed year-round.

Most Turkish Delight I’ve had in the past was coated in a mix of cornstarch and powdered sugar, which makes it rather messy and though it’s a pretty bland coating, it does make for a sweet coating. Turkish Delight is generally flavored with scents - light and aromatic scents. In the past I’ve had Orange Blossom, Rosewater and Lemon.

This traditional Hazelnut Turkish Delight from Sultan is coated in coconut, which keeps the cubes from sticking together or to your fingers but also adds a wonderful nutty/chewy texture to the delicate sugar paste and hazelnuts (filberts).

Turkish Delight is probably not a treat for everyone. It’s not really a “snackable” treat where you can take it to a movie and pop them in your mouth. It’s more like something you’d put out with some nice cookies on a plate with some delicate tea.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 4:24 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewCoconutJelly CandyNuts8-TastyTurkey

Comments
  1. Just the thing for the dinner I’ve been cooking!

    I never knew hazlenuts were filberts - the things I learn when I read about candy! And why couldn’t you take them to a movie? - they look to be the right size for it.

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. I love this site and I am not even a fan of candy, but the layout and the precisee comments make me want to be.. Great job!!

    Comment by Dan on 3/09/06 at 12:02 am #
  3. I just made 3 batches for our church . we’re having a talk about The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe..you know good evil temptation and redemtion. My mom used to make this candy and I still use her recipe. It is best kept in the refridgerator as it sweats and you just roll it in confectioners sugar before you eat a piece. Mom was delighted to find the company that makes aplets and cotlets as it is very similar and less messy.

    Comment by Pam on 6/10/06 at 12:17 pm #
  4. I am interested in a recipe for Turkish Delights for my 0 year old daughters class who is currently reading their first novel : “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”.
    Thank you for the help.

    Comment by Robin on 1/10/07 at 3:57 pm #
  5. ULKER CHOCOLATES - TURKEY?  DO THESE PEOPLE ACTUALLY EXIST?
    Can someone please help me with a supplier who make chocolates similar to Ferrero Roche and Ulker Palino Chocolates (Round, individually wrapped and can be used for a B&B;)  We used to purchase their chocolates freely in our local stores, but for the last 6 months find nothing.  I have tried to phone their telephone number given on the packaging and drawn a blank.  Have emailed them and had a response from someone who said that Ulker would contact me.  After two reminders this too has come to naught.  Does this company actually exist?  I am starting to wonder how a business can survive if they do not have time to contact customers. Would this be the reason why our stores do not stock their products any more. . . Has anyone else had this experience?  Please can someone help as we love Ferrero Roche but they are just too expensive.

    Comment by carole on 7/16/08 at 2:20 am #
  6. Hi,I’m from Ghana and i would be very greatful if you could send me the quotations of your products because i will like to do business with you. My email address is what i have provided above. Thank you.

    Comment by Lincoln Nii Okaija on 9/22/08 at 11:02 pm #
  7. I lived in Turkey for 9 months…fresh Turkish Delight is waaaaaaaay better than any you’ll get in a box.  But as you probably aren’t going to fly to Istanbul any time soon, I’m guessing that isn’t an option.  smile

    You may want to try Tofita - incredibly juicy chews with the texture of Starburst.  I was partial to the blackberry.

    Thanks for you blog!  I now live in Japan and I’ve gotten some great ideas from you (also, I didn’t see it yet on your blog - have you tried Sushiya-san gummies?  Shaped like sushi, and when you combine the “fish” and “rice” it makes a different flavor…).

    Comment by Allie on 3/11/09 at 5:19 am #

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