Monday, January 9, 2012

Turkish Delight

Sweets Shop
I had heard of Turkish Delight before arriving here - but honestly I had no idea what it was. I've now learned it is a sweet gel made of starch and sugar. It comes in what seems to be endless varieties, some that I like more than others. My favorite so far is a variety filled with nuts and covered in dark chocolate (because let's be honest, pretty much everything involving dark chocolate, or chocolate of any kind, is delicious.)

Sweet Shop 4
You can buy it everywhere - the grocery store, the corner market and in sweet shops - I'm convinced the Turkish have a bit of a sweet tooth judging simply by the number of Turkish Delight and Baklava shops I see.

Sweet Shop 3
Since it is January, and like everyone else, I'm focussed on eating healthy, I'm avoiding making purchases as these shops. Wish me luck.

Have you tried Turkish Delight? Do you have a favorite variety or brand I should try (when I give up my January healthy ways?)

Just for fun, here's what I listened to while I wrote this post: Lykke Li, I Know Places.


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16 comments:

DecorandtheDog said...

Sounds good! I had heard of it but I didn't know exactly what it was! The things I learn from your blog! :)

Nicole said...

Is that the stuff you brough home for Christmas? If it is, I can go without Turkish Delight. :) Not that it was yucky, but it wasn't great.

~Kristina said...

The only one I've ever tried was very powdery. I had no idea it came in a variety of options.
Cheers!

Angie Willis said...

Every now and then I have a yen for turkish delight - I like the lemon and rose flavoured one. But I don't go out of my way to find it. What an amazing variety there is over there!

Anna said...

Hi Jamie,
I think that any healthy eating plans would be going out the window if I lived within walking distance of these sweet shops. I've never had Turkish Delight, but anything choc encrusted has to be good :)
Take care and good luck with the healthy eating!
Happy week to you!

Dorian Susan said...

OMG you're going to need luck and fortitude and will power. Yum. That first image is wonderful-a peek inside the window and the lights providing a great line across the top.
Happy day Jamie.

Marisa A. said...

I've never heard of Turkish Delight. I'm going to have to look into it, although I'm not sure where I would find it around Des Moines...

justine said...

you've made it all look very pretty but I still hate the texture of turkish delight! the fun is in trying them all I suppose!

Tezzie said...

Yum!! I haven't had Turkish delight in years...have you tried the Rose flavoured kind?? Unusual, and might take a bit of getting used to, but I loved it :)

Clinton Painter said...

While watching "Narnia" the other day,Edmund requested Turkish Delight from the White Witch, #1 I wondered what it was and thought I should email you to find out if you had tried it yet. Apparently, I just had to be patient and my questions would be answered.

lisa said...

I have never tried it Jamie, but I'm with you!
If it involves chocolate, I'm in!!!!!

Stampmouse said...

oh I lOVE turkish delight. about 3 hours from where I live is a small town of Cashmere washington and they make the aplets and cotlets which in most states only comes out at christms time. they are soooo yummy so when you get back to the states and have a craving for them you will be able to find them.

Tat @ Mum in search said...

You had not had Turkish Delight before?!! I must have missed the dark chocolate variety (sigh)... it will be a long wait before I make it to Turkey again.

Rosie said...

I prefer anything with chocolate and nuts! ;-) I love that display and I'm somehow glad I can't reach into the screen to take some! :-)

i.ikeda said...

I did have Turkish Delights before. A student brought some from Turkey at one time, and they were amazing. I don't know the type though, I didn't even realize there were some many variations. I just ate the little box he brought with him.

Stay strong in your healthy ways. (but once in a while let your sweet tooth have fun too)

iris said...

That Findikli lokum always confused me...It's like a marshmallow with pistachios. I never much understood its relationship to the other lokums (Turkish delight). Confused, even still.

It should be decently easy to eat healthier in Turkey. Just avoid that butter sauce on the Iskender kebap!

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