Turkish Delight (Lokoom)

"From theGutsyGourmet.net. Beautifully colored, scented and flavored candy for a special occasion."
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Ready In:
1 3/4 pounds




  • Mix gelatin, sugar and salt in a heavy pot.
  • Add water.
  • Bring to slow boil and simmer without stirring for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in juice and rind.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring.
  • Taste for flavor; may add more juice.
  • Pour into 8 inch square pan which has been rinsed in cold water but not dried.
  • Chill overnight.
  • Cut into squares and roll each in powdered sugar.

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  1. I really love the scent and the flavor of this candy. I've never experimented with rose water before, and I ready to use it in several more recipes! The turnout was beautiful and delicious. I added pistachios to the mix in the beginning. That worked well. Thanks for posting this.
  2. I tried this recipe and was delighted with the result. Although, instead of 3 envelopes of Unflavoured Gelatine, I substituted Gelatine Leaves. It worked a treat. I will make some more and put it in a fancy box as a Christmas present.
  3. I recently bought a small box of Turkish delight and thought it should be simple to make. This recipe was very simple and very successful. I used 3 Tbs rosewater as part of the water, 6 fresh mint leaves torn into quarters, 1 Tbs lime juice, and the zest of 1 lemon as the flavoring. I was trying to get the flavor of rose-lemon/lime-menthe. I infused the mint in the sugar/gelstin/water mixture as it was simmering. I tried to remove all the mint before chilling. A few small pieces remained, but they actually add to the flavor. I can taste each of the flavors I used. The amount of rosewater to use is really dependent upon the strength you are starting with. This was good if you like the rose, but I would reduce it to 2 Tbs if you want it to be a little more subtle. I didn't find a difference between using an oiled knife or the sharp paring knife, so I gave up on oiling the knife. I would definitely make this again!
  4. Wow, I thought the Turkish Delight was really good. I had never tried it before in my life but it's really good. I ended up using 2 Tbls. of rose water. And then 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and it worked out well. And yes, the knife needs to be really sharp to cut the final product. I had to enlist in the help of my husband to cut it for me! Really good candy, will make it again sometime.
  5. To me, this didn't quite meet my expectations as Turkish Delight. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a wonderfully soft, chewy jelly candy that I colored a bright pink, flavored with cherry and almond extract and rolled in granulated sugar. I will be making this again.


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