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Turkish Delight history recipe

Posted on November 20, 2013 – 07:21 am

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).

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For the record

by neptune101

Greeks call it greek coffee and when i ask anyone from other countries such as the ones you listed "what the fuck is the real name of this coffee?" they answer TURKISH COFFEE. i dont crae what anybody calls it. its turkish coffee. check out the history of it.
plus i'm not a sensitive person. i'm a barbarian. remember?!!

I want to tell you about my new friends

by neptune101

Well i only have 16 gay guy friends. really no girls yet. during the weekends we go to have coffee at the same place 17 people and spend the saturday and sunday afternoon there. they are all late 30s early 40s. they've either been to Turkey or their biggest dream is to visit asap. They know everything and I mean everything including all the history, beginning from the times in asia, all the names of towns, best places to eat, best clubs, names of mosques, famous streets, writers, singers and of course names of the sultans whom they are in love with.
one of them, everybody calls him ali khan (even though its not his real name and doesnt even have 1 relative turkish) just because he would rather be born turkish and if he was his father he would have named himself ali khan

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FAQ

the judge
What is the origin of Turkish delight?

Reay Tannahill suggests that the Persian confection ahbisa (jelly) was the ancestor of Turkish rahat lokum, the long name for the sweet. The etymology of the word lokum has puzzled linguists for many years; it seems to be a corruption of the Arabic word rahat-al hulkum, meaning the contentment of throat while in Ottoman Turkish it means a piece of contentment. So, "Turkish Delight" may not be far off.[1]

The history of lokum dates back 230 years, making it one of the oldest candies in the world. Turkish legend has it that in his endeavor to quell the rumblings of discontent within…

lindakamaev
Where did Turkish Delight originate from?

I need exact history or facts on turkish delight and where it originated from.

I wouldn't rely too much on answers obtained from wikpedia as they're often unsubstantiated claims sent in by people who have no idea...

And I would assume that Turkish Delight originated in Turkey...

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