(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.
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.