Monday, August 30, 2010

Turkish Delights?

From the Bing Dictionary

Turkish Delight

NOUN: soft jelly candy: a candy made with flavored gelatin, cut into cubes and dusted with powdered sugar

Mmmmm.  Doesn't that sound wonderful?  Well it's not.  At least not the one I tried the other night.  It looked different.  These guys pictured above look really tasty.  The kind I tried were domed, and chocolate covered.  I found a picture of the brand I tried.  They look harmless right?

Click on the image to read a review.  It doesn't even begin to describe the horrible taste I experienced.  They actually use the words "sweet" and "aromatic".  I am not going to argue about the aromatic part, because it sure was.  

Picture the worst smelling and horrible tasting cough syrup ever.  Now turn it into a gelatin candy.  Finally, cover the evil concoction in milk chocolate.  What you get is the perfect gift to get for your significant other when they piss you off.

I feel guilty that I didn't like it.  A couple of co-workers had gone to England on vacation, and they brought back a container full of European candies.  The Turkish Delight was among them.  I was stationed at Lackenheath, AFB back in 1991, and I lived in Thetford (both are in England).  How did I not discover this back then?  I could have had so much fun at Christmas. "Hi there!  Remember me?  No?  That's OK.  I've sent you some Turkish Delights.  Enjoy!"  I bet they'd be thinking about me for quite some time.  Or at least until the after taste faded.

So it was to my dismay that on that unfortunate day I, Lyn, willfully placed the above mentioned product into my mouth.  The result of which was an immediate expelling, and gagging while cursing the makers of the hideous "Delight".   Thankfully, the only witness to my unfortunate event (Hee. Hee. Get the book reference?) was "L" (She rocks, but not giving her name. You never know.)  

We laughed at the irony of it's name, and my inability to stop making a puking face.  Delight's?  Yeah right.  Liars!

Well, at least "L" knows what I'm talking about.


For now.



  1. I don't know what the heck you ate but the description you opened your post with is correct. They are semi-translucent cubes of sweeten gel and generally with a hazelnut in the center and usually dusted with coconut flakes and powdered sugar. I am not overly fond of them but at worst, they are fairly bland. Sometimes they are flavored with rose water which takes a bit of getting used to. (I didn't) Still, it isn't as bad as you endured.

    Wonder what it was you had? My friend has a blog by the name of "Turkish Delight" and on her banner there is a closeup picture.

  2. Nomad,

    Thank you for responding, and I apologize for the slow reply. I had two friends travel to Europe and they brought back treats for all of us. The following is the update.

    One of those friends was interested in the Turkish Delights due to the C.S.Lewis book "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I have read the Chronicles of Narnia, and in the tale that describes the Delights it makes my mouth water.

    Did you click on the link to the foulness that invaded my mouth? Oh, they may have the market on cold remedies masking as candies.


    Don't take anything given to you unless it's FDA approved!!!!