Turkish Delight!


Unlike poor Edmund (of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” fame), thank goodness we didn’t have to go through the scheming White Witch to get our hands on this…

 

Yes, folks, it’s the genuine article! A whole box of certified, true-blue Turkish Delight direct from Istanbul! This is courtesy of our good friend, Ton, who gave in to the travel bug’s bite when he visited Turkey during the last end-of-Eid holidays (end of Ramadan) in this part of the world.

Bet you’re wondering what’s inside the box, right? C’mon, take a peek…

 

Definitely a “Yum-O!” moment! 😀 My personal fave is the one with pistachios since it just had the right blend of sweetness and “nutty-ness” (just like me – hahaha!)

 Quarter turn, please! To give you an idea how it tastes, the consistency is pretty much like our local “tikoy” (Chinese sticky rice cake) except that you definitely can’t consume a lot in one go since you might end up bouncing off the walls from all that sugar! The ones we got, by the way, were apparently made from honey and not the usual sugar.

Not content with the “mini history” at the back of the box, I just had to check out “Mr Wiki” further.  Here’s what he had to say:

Turkish Delight, lokum, or loukoum is a confection made from starch and sugar. It is often flavored with rosewater and lemon, the former giving it a characteristic pale pink color. It has a soft, jelly-like and sometimes sticky consistency, and is often packaged and eaten in small cubes that are dusted with icing sugar or copra to prevent sticking. Some types contain small nut pieces, usually pistachio, hazelnut or walnuts. Other common types include flavors such as cinnamon or mint.

Lokum has been produced in Turkey since the 15th century. Originally, honey and molasses were used as sweeteners, and water and flour were the binding agents. The recipe for lokum as we know it today, using the new ingredients of sugar and starch, was invented and popularized by the Hacı Bekir company during the 19th century.

Lokum was introduced to the west in the 19th century. An unknown Briton became very fond of the delicacy during his travels to Istanbul, and purchased cases of lokum, to be shipped back to Britain under the name Turkish Delight. It became a major delicacy not only in Britain, but throughout continental Europe.

Whew! Quite a long “history lesson”, huh? Thanks for bearing with me… 😉

Whatever its name, though, one thing’s for sure, we definitely went “loco” over lokum! :mrgreen:

Till my next fab foodie find, everyone … life is definitely sweet!

PS A word to the wise: as in all things, moderation is key. 🙂 See what happens when you have one too many here.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. […] Thankfully, Melody agreed and she was “hoppin’ on her hopper” in no time! (To find out what it was that Melody ate too much of, click here.) […]

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  2. OMG! Tita Pinky, I like these sweets too and with pistachio is my favorito, oh la la! This bunch must be heaven tasting because it’s prepared with honey?!

    *hinimatay sa kakaimagine!*

    Oo, Tita Thess, sarap nga siya esp since with honey pero ingat lang sa pagkain at baka lahat ng calories pumunta sa balakang – waahhh! 😉 Here’s some pistachio Turkish delights for you… Mwaah!

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  3. Posted by Leap of Faith! on 13 October 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I’ll eat the whole box but will pass on the brown version… me not like it!

    If you read this – Thanks, Ton!

    Have to agree with you on the brown ones…apart from the pistachio TDs, I also love the plain, “tikoy”-tasting ones – yum!

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  4. i love pistachios, too! but i haven’t tried any of those turkish treats. patikim naman o. ha ha. 🙂

    Sure thing, Tin! Help yourself please… 😉

    Thanks for the visit!

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