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Everything About Halva Candy

Updated on August 30, 2012

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.

Marble Halvah

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

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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.

(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.

What does halvah taste like?

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel Blessings.

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      ctmom1 5 years ago

      Nice Chazz! That helps! ~Thanks for visiting~

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      It has an unusual but pleasant dry texture and infused with the essence of sesame seeds.