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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Lokum story

The first Lokum
 

Until the mid-18th century, sweeteners used in the sherbets and sweets of the sultans and their harems were primarily honey and wine must. It is said that when sugar first arrived in Constantinople from the New World, the sultan invited the most celebrated confectioners in the empire to create the perfect sweet. One of chefs combined sugar syrup, pistachios and mastiha, and made the first lokum. The sultan was so delighted that he immediately made him head confectioner of the palace. Lokum were served with coffee at the end of the meal. Europeans who became acquainted with lokum in Constantinople named it “Turkish Delight.”

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