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Jan 15, 2006 07:28 PM

GOOD Turkish Delight?

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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

            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.

              1. re: AC

                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....


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            1. re: kathleen

              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.


              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.