Ageless Turkish Delight, Chronicles of Narnia Fame
A TRUE TREATS BEST SELLER, Turkish delight is best known for its role in Chronicles of Narnia but has a remarkable story of its own. The candy was originally made around 900 CE in the Arabic apothecaries as a medicine for sore throat (sugar was an important medicine), and sold throughout the Mideast and Mediterranean. It became renowned worldwide as a sultan in the Ottoman Empire proclaimed its virtues. In the mid-1800s, in Boston, someone put a sugar shell on the delight, allegedly sent it to the Union soldiers and that became the JELLY BEAN! It was also the basis of gum drops (1805) and gummy candy (1920s). Eventually it wound up in the hit book and movie Chronicles of Narnia. 10 pieces in a recyclable, heat sealed bag, with the history on the label.
A Bit of History
Turkish delight is an international favorite which started around 600 CE and became a remedy for sore throats sold in the 10th century Arabic apothecaries. Word spread worldwide about the medicine/treat mid-1700s thanks to a Turkish sultan who proclaimed its delicious flavor. Eventually, a confectioner in Boston put a sugar shell on the delight which he sent to Union soldiers. That candy became known as the “jelly bean.” In the 1920s, the delight was the basis of a German treat known as “rubber candy.” The German word for “rubber” is “gummi” and hence the gummy candy was born. Other candies that evolved from the Turkish delight include gum drops and wine gums. But none so delicious, with such perfect texture, as the Turkish delight best known today for its role in Chronicles of Narnia. Made with traditional ingredients, it comes in lemon, rose, and mixed fruit flavors