Friday, in celebration of the Narnia movie that came out, I posted about Turkish Delight and what it is. Yesterday, my wife found (and bought) Fry’s Turkish Delight for $1.79 at the local World Market for me to try (thanks, Sweetie)!
I noticed the package said “milk chocolate with jelly center”. What? That’s odd – nothing that I had found online had mentioned chocolate. I’m thinking this isn’t “real” Turkish Delight. I open it up and it is a 1.8 oz (51g) slab of chocolate with dimensions of approximately 0.5×1.5×2 inches. I was expecting individual pieces….this is definitely not Turkish Delight like Edmund had in Narnia.
I took a bite and it’s filled with reddish/pinkish jelly-like substance that tastes like….roses. Yes, roses – the flower. I’ve never eaten a rose before, but I swear that’s what it tasted like. Does a rose taste good? Not to me…I didn’t like it at all. It’s a really odd flavor. The “real” Turkish Delight recipes all use rosewater in them, but the ingredients on Fry’s Turkish Delight didn’t mention roses or rosewater, so I did some research online and found that it it is flavored with Otto of Roses (Rose Oil). I also found out that the bar is made by Cadbury in the U.K. and has been made since 1914.
The package says “Full of Eastern Promise” and “As Good As It Gets”, but you’ll notice it doesn’t actually say the candy is good. This Candy Addict thinks it isn’t good so I say steer clear of it. The smell actually makes me feel a bit nauseous – I tried three bites and trashed the rest.