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Turkish Candies: Traditional Sweets
from Ottoman Period to Present

Turkish candies are much known for its beautiful tastes and interesting images. It is among the tastes of Turkish cuisine culture tastes which are more delicious than each other used for centuries. Some of these Turkish candies have become an essential part of Turkish traditions. Also, some have become inevitable flavors and treats for guests alongside coffee.

 

Turkish Candies extend from the Ottoman cuisine to the present. It maintains its cultural value, people shared it with our families, friends and loved ones in our joys.  Akide candy distributed in the Islamic memorial service (Mevlut), halva distributed at funerals.  Mesir Macun, which is believed to be fine for diseases, almond candy that sweeten your mouth with almond. In addition, Turkish delight with its soft taste and Chestnut candy produced from chestnuts on the skirts of Uludag.

 

Cezerye

 

 

In spite of the fact that it is one of the Turkish candies consumed all over Turkey, it is most often identified with Mersin region. It is prepared by adding nuts and peanuts into boiled and roasted carrots and by sprinkling dried coconut on top of the candy, which is usually cut in square shape. It is eaten for the purpose of sweet after your meal, or when you wish a sweet snack.

 

Akide Sekeri

 

Since the Ottoman period, there are various kinds of rock candy, which have adorned the show windows of candy shops with its colorful outlook. Akide sugar has won the hearts of everyone from children to adult people with its wonderful flavor composed of cinnamon, mint, coffee, strawberry, hazelnut and sesame.

Akide candy is one of the oldest types of Turkish candies and Ottoman cuisine and has survived to the present day as a janizary tradition. The word Akide comes from the Arabic word akit (contract). The rock candy was distributed to the janissaries in the Ottoman period at the major ceremony, it meant a contract that showed the soldiers' pleasure and allegiance to the sultan.

 

 

 

Candied chestnut (Kestane Sekeri)

 

It is famous that candied chestnut, mainly those who go around Bursa, does not turn back without taking this candy. It is a preferred candy in Europe since 16th century, especially in France. This famous candy is made with sherbet after boiling chestnut, as well as the chocolate covered varieties are also very popular.

According to a story, one of the Ottoman sultans established a mosque in Tophane region, now famous as Kavakli Mosque. A man also sewed a living plane tree in front of the mosque. The sultan, who saw the plane tree, was very glad and said, "Whoever sew up this tree, call him." They found the man and brought him to the sultan, the sultan looked at him, an old man standing with difficulty on his stick. The sultan said, "Grandfather", "Now toss your stick in the air and until it falls down, wish whatever you want from me."

 

"All right," said the grand man, hurl his stick in the air, and said "Let Bursa chestnuts be the charitable institution property". From that time on, until the trees were dry, the Bursa chestnuts became “charitable foundation property”. For along years, the local people gathered chestnuts at no cost. Its fame comes from the fact that the chestnuts sewed in Bursa are larger and delicious than the chestnuts grows on the other parts of the country.

 

 

Lohusa Sekeri / Puerperant (Barberry) Turkish Candies

 

This candy, which is known with its bright red color, is used when preparing sherbets. It turns into a delicious syrup as it is boiled with spices such as cinnamon and cloves. As it is known from its name, the candy can be consumed by new mothers and those who come to visit her, as well as children who are measles. The top of the sherbet is generally decorated with fishnet almonds, and the sherbet creates a great taste balance.

 

 

Almond candy (Badem Sekeri)

 

Almond candy, which is acquired by covering the almonds with sugar, is served for guests, generally on holidays. Almond Turkish candies, which is also the main candy type of wedding candies, is one of the tastes in the culture of Turkey.

 

Orange Candy (Portakal Sekeri)

 

Orange Turkish candies, the great way to asses orange peels, is acquired by boiling the orange peels in large saucepans and then sweetening them. You can also prepare the same orange candy, which you purchase from sweet shop, by gathering the peels of oranges you eat at home.

 

Macun Sekeri / Turkish Candies

 

The sellers of Macun candy that had a long history was selling this candy past the streets, especially the children would look forward to these candy sellers. At the present time, it is feasible to find the Macun candy, which draws the attention of foreign visitors and tourists as well as children with its colorful appearance and attractive way of presentation, mostly in touristic zones.

Pismaniye one of the best Type of Delicious Turkish Candies

 

The main materials of the Pismaniye, which were considered to have been produced by Kandirali Hayrettin Pasha for the first time, are flour, sugar and butter. With its masterful gathering of these simple ingredients, it has a great taste. Izmit city’s Pismaniye is popular through all Turkey, no one will pass from the region without enjoying the flavor of this candy.

 

Mevlana (Peynir) Sekeri / Mevlana (Cheese) Candy

 

Mevlana Turkish candy, which is made only with water, sugar and lemon, has become a taste of the amazing city of Konya. Colorful and different types of Mevlana candy are also produced, which were sent to Istanbul for dynasty members in the Ottoman period.

 

 

Koz Halva (Nougat)

 

Koz Halva (Nougat) Turkish candies are made by combing nuts such as peanuts with egg whites, honey and sugar and converting them into bars. In the past times, Koz Halva, which is excused by mothers due to it is more innocent compared to other candy snacks, is still on the shelves of markets, grocery stores and candy shops.

 

Halva: the Indispensable Sweet for 600 Years Old in the Ottoman Cuisine

 

The first place where Halva is made in the world is known as the Middle East and Balkan countries. It is feasible to find Halva wherever Turkish, Arabian and Jewish people live. Halva is not just a flavor; is one of the great partners of happiness and sadness.

The Turks' meeting with halva begun with the adoption of Islam and their proximity to Arabian culture. In the Ottoman Empire, halva was no longer a simple food product but became it has a cultural value. Halva in the Ottoman palace was a great dessert that was prepared to the people glory for joy, science, culture, poetry, song, wit, meeting, celebration, birth in harem, passage of crown prince, and victory in war.

 

Marzipan (Badem Ezmesi)

 

Marzipan was one of the traditional Turkish candies of Ottoman Palace cuisine. The flavor aroma of gathered almond fruit picked from their suitable regions by choosing according to the season so you can feel the taste of naturally made marzipan. In addition, one of the traditional and rare flavor that has survived from the Ottoman Empire in Edirne palace cuisine is also marzipan.

The first place and main source in producing of Almond Paste all over the world is Edirne. Edirne almonds are used in the making of almond paste, which is prepared by using almond flour and sugar. Besides the preparation of the sweet with its natural material it requires mastership. The secret of Edirne Almond Paste is also based on this issue.

Datca is also famous for almond paste. Datca Almond is bigger than other almonds and has different types. "Nurlu Almond" is the high quality, big and delicious almond of Datca region. In Datca district, almond paste is produced belonging to the region.

The great history of almond paste is based on the Persians. It was first made by Turks and ethnical groups living in Anatolia, lengthening from Persians to Anatolia. In the period of the Ottoman Empire, marzipan was used as a remedy to many problems, and was given to patients.

 

 

 

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