One of the most exciting things (for me!!!) is to try the local candy when I venture to a new place. Mostly I am looking for chocolate, but in Turkey it is the ‘Turkish Delight’ that is the traditional candy of Turkey and which makes perfect for a gift to bring back home.
Different shapes and flavors of gel covered in different toppings/coats, and often with nuts.
The stores sell big chewy delights, as well as smaller ones in boxes or in jars. I bought a handful at Thorntons in Hisarönü. The owner who claimed he made the sweets himself was not too happy about me only buying a few, but I can’t buy candy for people back at home if I don’t know for myself what it tastes like! Most of the candy were topped with coconut and that didn’t work for all the flavors. The darker colored candy was better than the lighter one, but with huge pieces like these; one bite is enough. I did not go back.
While at the airport in Dalaman I bought a jar of smaller pieces of Turkish Delight, and these were better! Only covered in coated sugar, and much firmer than the ones I bought in Hisarönü.
What I also bought at the airport was a box of chocolate covered pistachio, but this was far from impressive. We ate these in lack of something better to eat. Some of the chocolate was old. The nuts stuck together with syrup/sugar. One or two is OK, and maybe you could even have a craving for one of these, but it has nothing on the traditional Norwegian chocolate boxes.
Haribo GOLDEN-BEARS are made in Turkey and are therefore widely available in Turkey, to Thomas’ delight. They taste somewhat different than the ones we buy in Norway, but generally it is what it is.