Turkish Delight: Enjoy food on vacation
Turkish delight is a wonderful treat you’ll find all over Turkey. We were surprised it came in a million different flavors! Kids will enjoy this unique treat.
Getting the kids ready for a trip means telling them what they’ll see to get them interested ! Food is always a great place to start. Do you have jelly bean lovers in your house? They’ll love the story of Turkish delight and enjoy tasting the candy.
Ask them which they like better? Jelly beans or Turkish delight? This would be a great time to practice those math skills and make a bar graph of which flavor is liked the most!
Turkish Delight: The Story Behind the Candy
Once upon a time there was a sultan (the kids will know the one in the Disney movie Aladin) who had many wives. The wives often argued and he wanted to put a stop to that! So, as he felt that the way to a woman’s heart is through her stomach, he asked his chef to create a new and wonderful treat.
After much experimentation, the chef put together sugar, nuts, flavorings, and a chewy gum, covered it with powdered sugar and voila! Turkish Delight. Peace fell upon the sultans harem! The sultan was so happy that he promoted the chef to Court’s Chief Confectioner. Thereafter the sweet treat was served at all the feasts in the sultan’s court.
Turkish Delight: Loved the world over!
Years later while traveling in Turkey, a British traveler fell in love with the turkish treat and purchased cases of it to ship home. In Turkey it was called rahat lokoum but the traveler thought Turkish delight was a better name and it stuck!
Supposedly famous candy lovers like Picasso (ate it daily for concentration), Winston Churchill, and Napoleon all loved it! So, does eating this Turkish treat = greatness? Well, it is a tough experiment, but I think we’ll give it a try! 🙂
Turkish Delight: What does it taste like?
Turkish delight has the texture of the chewy insides of jelly beans and comes in almost as many flavors! No one knows for sure the origin of the jelly bean, but it is generally thought that it comes from the marriage of Turkish delight (chewy insides) and the a dragee like Jordan almonds (think crunchy outside).
Would you like to make some at home? Use food to get everyone excited about a trip! Find a recipe here.
Turkish Delight: Where can you get it?
In Instanbul, you can buy turkish delight literally anywhere. It is in almost every single tourist shop and it is often on breakfast buffets – the less sweet breakfast version. Pop in and buy one of each to try all the flavors.
One hotel, the Sirkeci Mansion, has it on the bed for a nice treat.
Trying local food is part of the adventure! I love to come home with a new recipe ‘souvenir’ from each vacation! With so much wonderful food in Turkey it was hard to choose just one recipe to try at home!
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Happy and tasty travels,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist