Turkish Delight FAQ’s asked by our customers

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What is Turkish Delight?

Turkish Delight or Lokum is a family of confections based on starch, sugar and cream of tartar. Premium varieties consist largely of pistachios and hazelnuts or almonds; the best Turkish Delight contains only natural flavouring, such as cinnamon, clove, and rose water.

What Ingredients does it Contain?

  • water
  • granulated sugar
  • tablespoon lemon juice
  • cornstarch
  • cream of tartar
  • rose water
  • confectioner’s sugar
  • vegetable oil
Turkish Delight Ingredients
Turkish Delight Ingredients

What is the Most Popular Flavour of Turkish Delight?

The top 5 favoured Turkish Delights currently are:
  1. Rose
  2. Pistachio
  3. Strawberry
  4. Mint
  5. Cinnamon

How was Turkish Delight Discovered?

The Sultan, trying to cope with all his mistresses, summoned his confectionary chefs and demanded the production of a unique dessert. It was through this summon that the Turkish Delight was born.

Can I bring it in hand luggage?

Yes, you can, as there is no restriction about confectionary.

Is Turkish Delight suitable for vegans?

Yes, because Real Turkish Delight contains no gelatine or any animal extracts and this is what makes Real Turkish Delight different from the ‘Jelly’ we make in the West!

How long does it keep?

8-10 Months, because Turkish delight has a large sugar content, which, like jam (Conserve), it has a long shelf life.

How do I keep Turkish Delight?

Turkish Delight is fine at room temperature in a container, and if necessary it could be refrigerated 

Where to buy Turkish Delight in Istanbul?

Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir as we think it is the best choice in Istanbul and you can find it in Taksim or Kadikoy area.

How is Turkish Delight served in Turkey?

Turkish Delight is generally eaten randomly as a sweet treat, but is traditionally eaten with Turkish coffee in the late morning. Very sophisticated….
Turkish Delight and Turkish Coffee
Typical presentation of Turkish Delight and Turkish Coffee

What is Turkish Delight Famous For?

One of Turkey’s most famous exports, Turkish delight (lokum) is the most well known sweet in the world associated with Turkish cuisine and nearly all candy shops sell Turkish delight, which can be seasoned with many different flavours. Turkish Delight is also famed for featuring in the Narnia Books, written by C.S. Lewis, and the subsequent Hollywood movies.

Why is Turkish Delight so Sweet?

Turkish delight, like many gummy candies, starts off by boiling sugar and water to make a sugar syrup and is then thickened using corn starch, which sets it apart from other chewy candies.

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