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Turkish Delight from Narnia – What is it?

Categories: Candy,Candy Recipes,Soft Candy





Turkish Delight
(photo from Wikipedia)

In honor of the new The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe movie opening today, I thought I would write about Turkish Delight….

I read the Chronicles of Narnia series of books by C.S. Lewis many times when I was young and recently listened to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe audiobook. I love those stories. They always bring back such vivid memories of reading them as a child. Before today,I never really wondered much about the candy that the White Witch gave to Edmund to convince him to be on her side. I always just assumed it was a made-up candy like most things in Narnia. It turns out Turkish Delight is a real candy and there are many recipes for it online. From Wikipedia:

Turkish Delight is a confection made from starch and sugar. It is often flavored with rosewater or lemon, the former giving it a characteristic pale pink color. It has a soft, sticky consistency, and is often packaged and eaten in small cubes that are dusted with sugar to prevent sticking. Some recipes include small nut pieces, usually pistachio, hazelnut or walnuts.
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Wikipedia has a recipe for Turkish Delight and here are a few more variations of it:
Turkish Delight recipe at familyeducation.com
Turkish Delight recipe at NarniaFans
Turkish Delight recipe at Christmas-Joy.com

All of the recipes are slightly different from each other. Has anyone ever tried Turkish Delight and/or made it? What’s it like? Is it worth making (i.e. does it taste good)? In the book, Edmund thought it was fabulous, but is it really that good or was it just the White Witch’s magic that made it so good?

And finally, here is an interesting article on Turkish Delight that discusses its sales in the U.K. and why it probably won’t be sold in the U.S.

UPDATE: I found some Turkish Delight and have posted a review.

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19 Responses to “Turkish Delight from Narnia – What is it?”

  1. 1
    Bridget says:

    It’s yummy! It’s like a very sophisticated-flavored, very firm jell-o or very soft gummy bear. Definitely a ‘special occasion’ treat, not something I can snack on, even though it’s very light. I actually bought some rosewater a few months ago to make my own, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    RESPONSE: If you do make it and it turns out good, send me some! :) I think you just got the record for the fastest comment on a post at Candy Addict :) No prize though :(
    –Brian

  2. 2
    Bridget says:

    First, I’d like to thank my parents, who made this all possible. And also the beautiful new RSS-enabled version of Safari…

  3. 3
    cybele says:

    I tried making Turkish Paste (or Turkish Delight) several times when I was a teen, while it was tasty and edible, it was never like the real stuff that we got from the Middle Eastern grocer.

    I’m so glad you posted this, because I know a lot of folks are curious about this rather unknown confection.

  4. 4
    cybele says:

    Ooh, you might like this article from Slate.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2131903/fr/rss/

    I think the writer has the allure of Turkish Delight totally wrong, but you know that’s why there are so many candies in the world – so there’s something for everyone. Personally I love the rosewater ones.

  5. 5
    Candy Addict Review: Fry’s Turkish Delight says:

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    Friday, in celebration of the Narnia movie that came out, I posted about Turkish Delight and what it is, and yesterday, my wife found (and [...]

  6. 6
    Melinda says:

    They sell it at specialty candy stores here in Canada. It’s kind of genlinous substance, of a thicker and more opaque consistency than gello. It’s good, but not good enough to make me sell out to the white witch. also one time when I bought it, it had been accidently covered in flour instead of icing suger. (ug)
    Also we have a rather unpopular chocolate bar here called “big turk” with a turkish delight filling.

  7. 7
    Melisa says:

    omg , im turkish ‘n’ proud. Turkish delights are the best candy in THE world. You should try the ones made in Turkey. P.S. candy kid, do some research on Backlava- you’ll be amazed once you take a bite

  8. 8
    paula rubio says:

    i love candy

  9. 9
    Kathryn Somers says:

    When I was growing up in Logan, Utah the Bluebird Candy Company made Turkish paste (or Turkish delight) chocolates. The paste was made in several different fruit flavors, and I really liked it as a child. It was fun seeing it in the movie, and when my children asked me what Turkish Delight was, I could tell them.

  10. 10
    Samantha says:

    I love Turkish Delight.

  11. 11
    Pria says:

    I just tasted authentic Turkish delight flown in from Turkey by a friend. It is amazing, delicately gummy, and comes in several flavors. The friend chose from all the types he saw in the marketplace. The best are the red (rosewater) ones. They are all dusted with powdered sugar slightly coconut flavored, and have pistachio bits in them. We can get something somewhat similar called “Aplets and Cotlets” from a manufacturer in Seattle, WA, but they are tougher and less perfumed-tasting.

  12. 12
    Murray says:

    I am from England and as a kid my favourite sweet was Fry’s Turkish Delight. Once I got past teenage I didn’t like the processed taste. Then after I met my wife she weaned me off milk chocolate onto the real dark stuff. I can happily eat a bar out of nostalgia once every few years, but it is no longer the best thing going (by a looooong shot :). Real turkish delight is definitely a delight. Delicate, perfumed, nutty witha curiously sticky consistentency like nothing else on earth. The real thing is certainly one of my favourite sweets. Right up there with but utterly different from Belgian chocolates.

  13. 13
    Aubriella says:

    I spent my summers with my god-father in Saudi Arabia and loved the stuff they sell in the spice markets. They sell it at the World Market stores here in the U.S. too, just not the same, the Orlando store stocks it year round but the San Antonio one only carries it at Christmas time. So you’ll have to check your local store for availability.

  14. 14
    Abhijeet Waghmare says:

    I just in love that Narnia’s Turkish Delight
    I just wan to say thats the tasty
    AND
    And
    AND

    BEAUTIFUL

  15. 15
    Sylvia says:

    Maybe the craze for turkish delight is over ever since the movie Narnia, but mine just started a month ago when my manager flown back from Turkey from a meeting (I’m from Malaysia). And guess what, she bought back boxes of real Turkish Delight all the way from Turkey! There were many flavors, very colourful indeed and aromatic. Pleasant sight and even more pleasant when eaten.

    Ever since I’ve tasted the real stuffs and not able getting them in this country so easily, I decided to make them myself. My plan to make them has been delayed but I was strong-willed. Finally, I managed to gather all the ingredients as stated in online recipe for turkish delight http://video.about.com/mideastfood/Turkish-Delight.htm. It has video attached and after watching the video (which seems so easy to make) I was rather encouraged to try out the recipe. In fact I tried the recipe for the first time yesterday. This morning, I removed the jell-like pasted from the fridge and to my utter disappointment, it was a disaster. The turkish delight is supposed to be held together when cut into cubes but mine were runny or syrupy. Something could have went wrong during the process and when I search in the web, I found this very useful site that share many tips for successful making of turkish delight http://www.kitchenexperiments.net/2006/12/very-turkish-delight.html. Perhaps I’ll give it another try, once I buck up my courage :) Happy thoughts!

  16. 16
    bessy higgins says:

    i eally need to find those type of candies from narnia!
    if any of the person that read these message, please tel me where i can go to find them.

  17. 17
    sabih says:

    Turkish Delights , there are so many kinds. But the most interesting thing in the movie is, the word ASLAN also, its also a turkish word, meaning LION.

    PS: try Turkish Delight not from industry, you should try it from the Big bazaar especially in the old city of istanbul.

  18. 18
    Alayna says:

    OMG!!!I LOVE TURKISH DELIGHT!!IT IS MY FAVORITE CANDY
    IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!:)IT MAKES TOOTSIE ROLLS TASTE BAD!!

    Love,
    The biggest fan of
    of TURKISH DELIGHT!

  19. 19
    Christine says:

    http://www.turkish-delight.com/v2/index.php

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