I remember reading as a child, the classic book the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. In it Edmund succumbed to the White Queen's temptation of Turkish delight, and I wondered what it must take like. Later I found I had actually been eating it already in the form of the chocolate bar Big Turk. Somehow I didn't make the connection until I was older.
As an adult I discovered at a local candy store that carries imported and specialty candy, the traditional variety that is just jelly with corn starch around the individual pieces. I also found Fry's turkish delight, which I think is my favorite so far(thank you Sugar Mountain). Whenever I go to this store I always walk out with my Victorian era favorite.
Turkish Delight goes back to the 15th century where it originated in the Ottoman Empire. In the 19th century a British business man brought some back to England where it was first marketed as Lumps of Delight (mmm..that's appetizing). Some even claimed it was a treatment for diarrhea. Lol. (you gotta love Victorian era treatments for illness - alcohol, morphine, and candy).
I Have to say I only eat these morsels of delight for enjoyment. And I recently learnt that there are actually other flavors! I was mentioning to a friend that I was planning to go to Harrod's on my upcoming trip to London. She told me that they have the best Turkish delight including other flavors such as lemon! What? Other flavors! Now I really have to go.
What are your thoughts on these lumps of delight? Love it? Hate it? Let me know.
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