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Yummy Turkish Delight Recipes

Updated on October 3, 2013

Discover the Delight in Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight is a gelatin-like fruity candy and is truly delightful, especially in the holiday season. It's been a Christmas tradition for years, whether it's homemade or purchased. The original recipe and method for making Turkish Delight has evolved through the ages. Different countries have their own versions, and methods have in some cases been simplified. No matter what recipe you choose to work with, it should result in something delectable.

Turkish Delight has enjoyed a newfound popularity since the movie, The Chronicles of Narnia, in which Edmund craves the tempting sweet.

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A Little Turkish Delight History

Turkish Delight was originally known as Lokum, and it simply means a confection made of some type of gel starch and sugar. It was usually flavored with rosewater or some type of citrus flavoring, especially orange and lemon. Chopped fruits and nuts were added, especially dates. Finally it was coated with powdered sugar, probably to assist in handling and shipping. Early on it was discovered by Englishmen and shipped back to England where it became a huge favorite confection. Shortly it spread in popularity throughout Europe and then naturally on to other parts of the world.

Many different countries have their own versions of this popular candy, and though not "Turkish Delight," in the strictest sense, it can be made with modern shortcuts and substitutes. Turkish Delight candy is also available commercially packaged in many different countries under many different names.

Commercially Sold All Over the World

Commercially Sold All Over the World
Commercially Sold All Over the World

The Basic Ingredients to Turkish Delight

1. Some Type of Gel/Starch

2. Some Type of Sweetener

3. Some Type of Flavoring

4. Dusting Agent (powdered sugar)

Some Easy Turkish Delight Recipes

Old Fashioned Turn of the Century Turkish Delight

2 Tablespoons Gelatin

3/4 Cup Cold Water

3 Cups Water

1 Cup Granulated Sugar

1 Lemon

1 Orange

Soften gelatin in 3/4 cup water for five minutes. Boil Sugar and 3 cups water. When boiling stir in gelatin and cook 25 minutes, stirring constantly. Take from fire, add juice, strained, and grated peel of fruit. Return to fire and cook one minute longer. Cool over night in tin wet with ice water. Cut in squares and roll in powdered sugar. Chopped fruit or nuts may be added before syrup cools.

Turkish Gum Bars

3 Tablespoons Gelatin

2 Cups Granulated Sugar

2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Tiny pinch of salt



Soak gelatin in 2/3 cup of water for 5 minutes. Bring sugar and 2/3 cup water to boil, then add soaked gelatin and boil with constant stirring for 20 minutes. Be very careful or it will stick and burn. Take from fire, add lemon juice, a teaspoon of peppermint extract and color green, or a teaspoon of wintergreen extract and color red, or flavor with lemon extract and leave uncolored. Turn into pan wet with ice water, to 3/8 inch depth. Leave over night in cold place, cut in bars inch wide, 3 inches long, and coat with granulated sugar.

Chocolate Turkish Delight

3 Tablespoons gelatin

1/2 Cup Cold Water

2 Cups Granulated Sugar

2/3 Cup Cold Water

1 Teaspoon Powdered Cinnamon

2 Squares Unsweetened Chocolate

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Chopoped Candied Cherries, Pineapple, Seedless Raisins and Candied Orange or Lemon Peel

Soften gelatin in 1/2 cup water for 5 minutes. Bring to boil sugar and 2/3 cup water. Add gelatin, cook 20 minutes, stirring all the time. Add cinnamon, melted chocolate. Take from fire, beat for 2 minutes, then beat in fruit and flavoring. Let stand until cool, then turn into tin wet with cold water, and let stand over night in cold place. Soft confectioners' sugar over top and turn out on sugar sprinkled board, loosening the edges with wide-bladed knife. Cut in small squares, roll in sugar. Pack in tin box.

Aplets & Cotlets - My Favorite Turkish Delight Confections

Liberty Orchards Aplets & Cotlets, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)
Liberty Orchards Aplets & Cotlets, 12-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)

You can't beat Aplets and Cotlets for the best American version of Turkish Delight. I stock up on these to give as gifts throughout the year, but especially in the fall and at Christmas.


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What do you think of Turkish Delight? Did you know what it was?

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    • lovetolink profile image


      5 years ago

      We made Turkish Delight for the first time today! It was pleasantly different from other confections I've tried. I savored the delicate orange flavor and thought it went well with pistashios. It's only fault is the massive amounts of sugar! I'm going to be experimenting with less sugar versions soon.

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      6 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Oooh, I haven't had Turkish Delight in years. Good memories. I'm drooling.

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      6 years ago

      Looks yummy!

    • JohnMichael2 profile image


      6 years ago

      This is interesting ... I'll have to look for it


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