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After watching Narnia I have a craving for Turkish Delight again. Is there any place in Toronto that sells the genuinely light, and soft kind that I remember from London?

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    Vinnie Vidimangi

    Marche Istanbul is a Montreal based Turkish importer. Their Toronto outlet is at 3220 Dufferin St. They carry lokum (TD). I don't like the stuff; you tell me if if theirs is good.

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    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

      marche istanbul has good stuff; many different varieties. you could also go to ararat (on ave. near lawrence). they've got quite a few selections.

    2. Greek bakeries sell it. It's called loukoumi, sometimes they will call it Greek delight. You can buy it by weight, (usually it's kept near the cookies), or you can also buy sealed boxes. Serano Bakery on Pape is my favorite of the bakeries near the Danforth.

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      1. re: sunnyside

        Serano is great, in a few store plaza a couple blocks north of the Danforth and when I had a car problem, while in their parking lot, they were very kind and helpful, let me use their phone as well, been going there many years, decades?

      2. Tahsin (Tahsin Meat Products, 721 Danforth Avenue, 416-466-5041) on the Danforth is a little Turkish gocery store and halal butcher that sells a variety of goods imported from Turkey, including Turkish delight (lokum??). They also have a variety of olive oils for very low prices that can't be beat in the area.

        They often have turkish baklava (made with pistachios), which is the best i have had on the Danforth.

        As well they sell turkish pomegranite juice for 4.99/litre. I have seen this same brand in downtown health food shops for 6.99 anbd even 7.99. (Note that Masellis brothers also sells it for 3.99/litre, maybe the best in the city!)

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        1. re: bluedog

          Is this store still open? For those who frequent the danforth.
          I did not see it on street view google maps but the numbers are impossible to see.

        2. they have some a nutty chocolatier. they are pre-packaged - 6 for $2.99

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          1. re: AC
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            artificialard

            Is that 6 pieces?? That's ridiculous - I must have it. Will report back when I have.

            1. re: artificialard

              bit pricey but about the same price per square as my experience in Paris. And they are the great big fat cubes that take 3 bites to eat.

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                artificialard

                So finally stopped by the Nutty Chocolatier for the Turkish Delight. It is indeed 2.99 for 6 cubes about 1cm.

                Was not as 'delightful' as I remember it being (my only previous experience of the candy was from the deli counter at the Selfridges cafe in London). It was a little too thick and hard and I would've preferred it to be softer and not so sweet.

                Still, it was fun to eat and goes well with tea. Thanks for the rec!

          2. What's Turkish Delight? I've heard of it before, but have no clue what it is....

            Thanks!

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            1. re: kathleen
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              artificialard

              It's a candy that's gelatin-based. Thick of very stiff Jello. It's made in a variety of flavors and comes in cubes that are dusted in powdered sugar to prevent each piece from sticking. There's a picture on the recipe link.

              The taste is oddly pleasant - mushy but with texture and the hint of something beyond the sweetness.

              Link: http://www.christmas-joy.com/recipes/...

              1. re: artificialard

                Thanks for the info! Sounds interesting!

                :)

                1. re: artificialard

                  that ``hint of something'' is quite frequently rose water or orange blossom water

                  1. re: artificialard

                    Just an FYI to vegetarians, this is actually not gelatin based but cornstarch based. Go nuts!

                    1. re: Heatherbee

                      Actually, you have to be careful since the traditional recipe is starch based, gelatin is sometimes used as a short cut or as an added insurance against poor technique.

                2. Oddly enough, Pioneer Village sells awesome Turkish Delight, if you feel like making a day of the quest:) It haunts me still! Very light and no weird beef aftertaste.

                  1. This is crazy, i was just watching the 1988 BBC series of Narnia which i used to watch back in England and I'm craving them right now. Same situation......
                    I heard you get them at metro.

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                    1. re: sidd83

                      I don't know about you guys but I really dislike the kinds of lokum I find here. Stale, too chewy, bland etc...

                      If you can find a box of HaciBekir sitting in a store I'd jump on that.

                      1. re: radiopolitic

                        Well, I'll be... I just found this online...

                        http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&s...

                        I'll be ordering a few experimental boxes to my cousin's place this summer.

                        1. re: ascendance

                          Awesome.

                          I generally come back from Turkey with about 15-20 boxes every summer.

                          I hope that the ones on amazon are fresh and haven't been sitting in some warehouse for years.

                          1. re: radiopolitic

                            I brought back 3 boxes from my last trip.

                            Two months later, I feel that was woefully insufficient.

                    2. I had some that was actually not half bad at The Bulk Barn at Leslie and Lakeshore

                      1. It's your lucky day ArticialLard...I'm letting you in on my secret Turkish Delight source...Peter's Natural Foods in the St. Lawrence market. This stuff is the real deal. soft and fresh, dusted with icing sugar and just slightly chewy. This stuff is homemade by the owner's wife and made in the traditional flavours of Rosewater, lemon, etc. It's an xmas tradition at our place to pick up a fresh batch for the holidays. I assume they make it year round

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                        1. re: Finnegan

                          Where exactly in the market is it located?

                          1. re: LTL

                            Upper market (main floor) along the west wall (side nearest Market St.)...near the carousel bakery...it's a very small shop

                            1. re: Finnegan

                              Thanks! Hope to check it out soon.

                        2. Not in Toronto, but my sister's family (I hate the stuff, so I have no idea!) fell in love with the Turkish Delight at the market St. Jacobs. http://www.stjacobs.com/html/shopping.... Now every time they come to Toronto, they want to go to St. Jacobs just for the Turkish Delight. It comes in a lot of flavours....
                          Don't know if anybody sells from the same source in Toronto, but you could email, or if it's that much of a craving go for a drive!

                          1. In Kensington Market on Nassau, I believe, the little place that's west of European Meats, but east of the butcher shop has very fresh Turkish delight in a few flavours on Saturday mornings. The shop sells coffee and spices and is run by a senior couple, but I can't remember the name of it.

                            As well, the woman in SLM on the main floor across from Brown Brother's Meats, at a place called Peter's Natural health Foods, has fresh Turkish Delight.

                            Both of them have it fresh on a tray and you buy it by the gram. I've had rosewater, ornge blossom, a golden honey flavoured one. Some come with pistachios. Depends what they have that day.

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                            1. re: pastina

                              They used to sell Turkish Delight at a place on the west side of Avenue Road, quite north of Lawrence... its called "ARARAT"? It's a middle eastern 'deli' type store with olives/oils etc. located at 1800 Avenue Road...call first before going...haven't been in years.

                            2. Has anyone seen the cream lokum in the GTA? I had it when I went to Turkey and loved it way better than the standard traditional Turkish delights. They are opaque and cream is added at the end.

                              1. Travelled to Istanbul ths spring, and discovered Turkish Delights by Koska. These lokums were delicious, especially with pistacho. You can purchase these turkish delights in Highland Farms store on Ellesmere.

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                                850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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                                1. re: lchow4983

                                  Where can you buy Turkish apple tea in Toronto GTA. Nice hot drink.

                                2. I like the Turkish Delight at Tavazo (Thornhill & Richmond Hill). I don't know how authentic it is but it is nice and soft.

                                  1. Akram's in Kensington always has fresh, soft turkish delight.

                                    1. I searched for some Turkish Delight last week as a gift for Vday. Tahsin is closed. I picked up a small box from Serano. And I did try some from Bulk Barn which was enjoyable treat but not suitable as a gift. I will try some from St Lawrence Market the next time I am in the area. Any other suggestions?

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                                      1. re: mskatsam

                                        Before I went to Dubai, I enjoyed Bulk Barn as well and then I had my eyes opened up! I still enjoy Bulk Barn's version (provided it's fresh) but as a large cube of jelly bean innards instead of Loukhom.

                                        Real loukhom is quite different in terms of texture and flavour. It's less sugary, more flavourful, and slightly more chewier (not stale chewy just denser). Think syrupy thick condensed honey instead of chewy gelatin and you have the right idea. I've been in a search to find that great rosewater or lemon loukhom in Toronto for a while. And your post just made me think it's time to try to find it again.

                                        A better version (and mildy more authentic version) than Bulk Barn is from a Turkish Candy maker out in BC. Once in a while, you will be lucky and find his product, Bayco Turkish Delight, on the shelves of Home Sense or Winners. His version is pretty good. I've included his site below.

                                        http://www.turkish-delight.com/v2/ind...

                                        1. re: Nevy

                                          I am traveling out west and found some Bayco Turkish delight. Thanks for the tip.

                                        2. re: mskatsam

                                          I've seen gift boxes of imported-from-Turkey Turkish Delight at various Winners locations recently. One type comes packed in a wooden box.

                                          Arz also sells fresh loukoum, in many flavours.

                                          1. re: mskatsam

                                            I would recommend Taste of Turkiye Store (Formerly Burak) on Danforth as being a Turkish Grocery Store they do have a decent variety. (Hazer Baba and Koska brand is decent). They have more variety than Marche Istanbul.
                                            I once found Turkish Delight from Divan brand at winners out of all the places made a very nice gift as the packaging and taste are very nice.

                                            1. re: elvisahmed

                                              This Turkish grocer on Danforth closed quite a while back, in case anyone else is looking for Turkish delight here. I know they do sell it at the Armenian grocer near Armenian Kitchen on Victoria Park.

                                          2. I loved the Turkish Delight I found at the Kurtz orchard store at Niagara on the Lake. Wide variety. Fresh and enjoyable. I enjoyed it more than the Peter's Natural store at the St. Lawrence market.

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                                            1. re: mskatsam

                                              Hello

                                              Yes the Turkish Delight at Kurtz Orchard is good and is locally made.

                                              Our Turkish Delight is imported from Istanbul Turkey and was created in 1777 by the originator of Turkish Delight. It is authentic and the number one brand of Turkish Delight. The Balzac cafés in Toronto sell our brand and you can have a taste there or check our our website www.turkishtreats.com. We so have other flavours other than what is shown on our site.