Everything About Halva Candy
What is Halva, Where Can I Get It?
When it comes to indulging in a sinfully delicious treat, my favorite would definitely be halvah. Halva, also spelled halvah, is a sweet confection with Middle Eastern origins. As a little girl our family used to buy a brick of halvah from our local Jewish deli around the holidays. The pound of halva wouldn't last long as everyone took a little piece here and there until it was all gone. Today, real halvah is hard to find, but the Joyva company out of brooklyn still makes and sells kosher halva to grocery stores across the United States. There have been times I literally couldn't find halva anywhere and I made it my mission to learn everything about halva candy, in case I had to make it myself. This page compiles all the pages I've bookmarked over the years in my hunt for where to get halvah, how to make halvah, the history of halvah, everything I could find to hold me over until I could actually get my hands on some. I hope you enjoy this page and have some halvah soon! (Photo source: View from 5'2" on Flickr.com)
Do you like Halvah?
Halva...love it or hate it?
What Is Halvah...Exactly?
Halva is bliss. That's my personal definition, but I'll try to be more specific now. Halva is actually a dense, sweet type of candy confection with a texture that can be compared to nougat, a thick paste or thick peanut putter that has been refrigerated. I like to say it's "like fudge" but better.
The actual english word "Halva" or "Halavah" comes from the Yiddish word halva, the Turkish word helve or the Arabic word halwa, all referring to something "sweet" or "sweet meat". Though lots of cultures claim to have invented the first recipe for Halvah, all will agree that Halvah has been made throughout the Middle East for centuries. It is said to be one of the oldest candies in the world!
Halva is usually made from ground sesame seeds and honey though there are all kinds of Halva. Nuts like pistachio are a common ingredient in Halvah but people put all kinds of thing in these sweet dessert loaves.
(Photo credit: Accidental Hedonist on Flickr.com).
About Joyva Halva
Joyva Halvah is sold across the United States. It's actually the only brand that manufactures and sells Halva bars to grocery stores and delicatessens. The Joyva company is based out of Brooklyn, New York. They've been in business for over 100 years. They make Marble halva, vanilla halva and chocolate covered halva. Joyva Halvah comes in single bars, king size (8oz bars) or larger packages with two halva bars.
Vanilla (Plain) Halvah
Chocolate Covered Halvah
Besides my beloved Joyva halvah bars, Joyva makes jelly bars, tahini, sesame crunch and raspberry jelly rings.
Buy Joyva Halvah Online
The History of Halva
Different versions of Halva are found all over the world. Though widely considered a Turkish treat, Greece even has its own version of halva which is customarily enjoyed as a Lenten treat. Back to Turkey now, there is an old 13th century text that mentions two kinds of halvah or "helva", one is a grape syrup halva called "pekmez helvasi" and the almond version is "badem helvasi". Throughout history there are mentions of nobles and sultans enjoying halvah, too many for me to mention here. If you really want to learn about the history of halva, read the essay The Many Faces of Halva by Kurma Dasa on Kurma.net.
If you visited, drooled over the pictures of halva on this page, leave a comment and let me know you were here!
Favorite Halvah Flavor
Which kind of halvah do you like best
Calories in Halvah
You're going to need to sit down for this one. And remember I said it is a "treat," so that means you have to eat halvah in moderation. Drum roll....an 8oz halvah bar has 1,185 calories. So eat an ounce okay?! 1 ounce has 16g carbs, 2.3g protein and 9g fat. (Source: Livestrong.com)
How to Make Halvah, Halva Recipes
There are so many kinds of halva, different recipes from different regions of the world. I've compiled a collection of different halva recipes. Let me know if you try any and how they turn out.
- Sesame or tahini halva recipe
Recipe for Sesame Halva, or Tahini Halva: a sweet treat. Learn how to make the best halva. Halva is basically a crystallized paste of sesame seeds (tahini) and sugar-a flaky sweet confection based on crushed sesame seeds.
- Persian Halva Recipe
Looking for Halva recipe? Prepare this delicious Persian Halva Recipe from .
- Halva Recipe - How To Make Halva, Superfood Style!
Our raw tahini halva recipe is very simple, yet decadently superfood rich. This is a halvah recipe that uses natural sweeteners and superfoods for a great taste, as well as, super nutrition.
- Greek halvas
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- Hail to Heavenly Halva: Jewish Halvah Recipes
The varieties seem endless -- halvah can contain dried fruit and spices like cinnamon, pistachio nuts, orange juice, vanilla and can even be chocolate-covered. It really doesn't matter where it originated, or what the "original" halvah was made out
- Halvah | The Food Maven - Arthur Schwartz
I do not know exactly why or how sesame halvah came to be sold in Eastern European-style Jewish dairy stores when I was young -- the stores we called "appetizing stores" that sold lox, herring, smoked fish, cheeses, and dried fruits and nuts - but it
(Photo source: _neona_ on Flickr.com
Persian Halva - A 'How to' Persian Recipe
Halvah Raw Food Recipe
I want visitors to answer this question because I don't know how to explain it to someone who has never tried it.