Turkish Delight - Lokum (Candy)

"From Saad Fayed, Turkish Delight is a candy that originated in Turkey in the 1700's. The candy was featured in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", by C.S Lewis. The White Witch tempted a character, Edmund with Turkish Delight. This easy Turkish Delight recipe will tempt you, too!"
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • In a 9 inch square baking pan, grease the sides and bottom with vegetable oil or shortening.
  • Line with wax paper and grease the wax paper.
  • In a saucepan, combine lemon juice, sugar and 1 1/2 cups water on medium heat.
  • Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer, until the mixture reaches 240ºF on a candy thermometer.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Combine cream of tartar, 1 cup corn starch and remaining water in saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir until all lumps are gone and the mixture begins to boil.
  • Stop stirring when the mixture has a glue like consistency.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and water/sugar mixture.
  • Stir constantly for about 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low, allow to simmer for 1 hour, stirring frequently.
  • Once the mixture has become a golden color, stir in rosewater.
  • Pour mixture into wax paper lined pan.
  • Spread evenly and allow to cool overnight.
  • Once it has cooled overnight, sift together confectioners sugar and remaining cornstarch.
  • Turn over baking pan containing Turkish delight onto clean counter or table and cut with oiled knife into one inch pieces.
  • Coat with confectioners sugar mixture.
  • Serve or store in airtight container in layers separated with wax or parchment paper.

Questions & Replies

  1. I've never had anything like this before and now It's literally all I want to make! I highly recommend getting a candy thermometer if you don't already have one. It's crucial so that you know the temperature of the syrup. It'll make things easier!


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