What is Turkish Delight?

Updated July 24, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The Question:

I am looking for information on the dessert Turkish Delight. Can you help?

The Answer:

Turkish Delight, beloved treat of Edmund in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is a type of candy made of fruit juice and gelatin that is cubed and sugared. It was prepared in ancient Turkey by combining dates, honey, roses and jasmine and then it was bound together with gum arabic. Sometimes nuts are added into the mixture.

This Middle Eastern sweet is typically not served as part of a main meal but as a snack with coffee.

Some believe that jelly beans are descendants of Turkish Delight candies. The consistency of the jelly bean's center is similar to that of Turkish Delights.

You can find recipes for Turkish Delight at Recipezaar.

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