Turkish Delight: Probably Not Worth It, Guys


  1. Edmund Pevensie, of C.S. Lewis’s much-loved Chronicles of Narnia series, turns his family over to the White Witch for a certain candy. Turkish Delight.
  2. Turkish Delight, as it turns out, is “a starch and sugar gel often containing fruit or nuts and flavored with rosewater, citrus, resin, or mint.”
  3. Resin-flavored gel, or as this article later describes it, “near-solid perfume,” isn’t exactly what most American kids imagined when mid-The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Matt Lubchansky

With Christmas just around the corner and ABC Family just bound to air the 2005 Narnia movie, Jess Zimmerman of Atlas Obscura surveys friends for their childhood conceptions of the European treat. Here are a few of the more fanciful:

“I feel like to me it was a thing made from marshmallows, just layers and layers of marshmallows kind of smushed together, like a marshmallow cake, with maybe the ones on top roasted like on a campfire (brûléed, I guess, although I would not have known that concept).”

“A way fancier and differently textured old-school version of the pink Starburst.”

“Basically a lollipop like thing that was really tall and spindly. I had this vague sense that Turkish architecture involved buildings with big spindly towers. So I imagined these were like the long rainbow lollipops but not rainbow colored?”

“I thought it would be something crispy and fluffy, like those things my Yia-Yia made out of fried dough coated in honey. Like flaky baklava/crisp dough, but maybe with ice cream between the layers?”

“Like really dense cotton candy flavored with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and honey.”

“I expected it to be like Divinity, this white candy that all Southern grandmothers make at Christmas which is basically pecans suspended in clouds of sugar. It looks gorgeous, but it kind of tastes like nonsense.”

“Meat… with gravy… I also might have had some kind of Turkish/turkey confusion, because I thought it was like Thanksgiving stuffing that always stayed warm, and had the perfect ratio of soft and crispy parts.”

Fellow Narnians: What had you pictured?

(Read the rest of the article here. Thanks, Atlas Obscura!)


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