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Turkish Delight Sightings

nooodles | Nov 21, 200511:30 AM

Someone on this board mentioned Liberty Orchards in Washington as a good mail order option for Turkish delights. I spied a shelf of Liberty Orchard Fruit Delights at the Walgreen's on Geary and Taylor this morning (under the cash registers, near the gum). $5.99 for a 12 oz. box, as opposed to something like $10 plus shipping on the website. I can only assume other Walgreen's will be stocked as well.

I didn't buy any because I still have a bag of Turkish delight from Haig's on Clement Street. First off, let me say how much I love poking around inside Haig's. They have the most interesting collection of spices, teas, and other Mediterranean goodies.

Turkish delight is $6.49/lb, and is made in Winnetka, CA. A quarter will get you one piece of candy.

Rose: very soft texture, subtle rose flavor, mind numbingly sweet. My boyfriend enjoyed it, and I have to admit the aftertaste is quite nice.

Mint: the peppermint is so strong it tastes like eating a mouthful of toothpaste. Incredibly sugary toothpaste.

Cherry: artificially flavored, tastes like cough syrup.

Burnt sugar: not bad. The texture wasn't as soft as the others, perhaps because they needed to cook the sugar longer to get the burnt flavor. It was like a really soft, burnt tasting caramel.

Orange: I had to stop. I couldn't eat any more sugar even though I'd only had one rose delight and a bite of each of the others. Boyfriend said it tasted like artificial flavoring.

They also had pistachio delights, which I found weird. I don't know what flavoring is in the green candy, but the candy was harder than the delights without nuts in them. As much as I liked that the nuts cut the sweetness, the candy part of it really was too gummy.

It was fun to eat a lot of very pretty candy, but I haven't been converted. I don't know what these candies taste like in Turkey, but in my experience the versions in the States are way too sweet. Even as a child I found them too sweet. Then again, I'm no fan of candy in general.

If you do try one flavor, make it the rose one. It's got a lot going for it.

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