If you were entranced by C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia as a child (or as an adult!), you may remember the magical properties of Turkish delight from Edmund’s encounter with the evil White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe:
“It is dull, Son of Adam, to drink without eating,” said the Queen presently. “What would you like best to eat?”
“Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty,” said Edmund.
The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very centre and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.
Turkish delight, also known as lokum, is a real Turkish dessert that is every bit as delicious as Edmund believed in the book. Each piece of the melt-in-your-mouth candy is covered in powdered sugar and often filled with pistachios, almonds or other nuts.
When Turkish delight rose in popularity during the 18th century, the candies were sweetened with honey or molasses and flavored with rosewater, orange or lemon, then covered in powdered sugar. These traditional flavors of Turkish delight are still available at stalls in Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar, along with flavor variations such as sour cherry, cinnamon, hazelnut, ginger and apricot.
Our Turkish delight is made by the Turkish company Hazer Baba and is available in four finger-licking flavors. Each box contains approximately 30 pieces of Turkish delight.
- Traditional Turkish Delight
- Pistachio Turkish Delight
- Mixed Nut Turkish Delight (Pistachio, Almond and Hazelnut)
Did you ever want to try Turkish delight after reading or watching The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe? Now is your chance to order a box for yourself!