Koska Turkish delight.
Koska Turkish delight, also known as Lokum, Rahat Al-halkum, Turkish delights are world renowned soft sweets, traditionally made using corn starch, sugar, fruit molasses, honey and nuts.
Koska is one of the oldest Turkish Delight and Halva makers in Turkey. Founded early 1900’s in the city of Denizli by Hacı Emin, Koska has grown its product portfolio and has become one of Turkey’s favourite confectionery maker. Success of Koska relies in their dedication to quality within the family run company, management of which is now the third & fourth generation. Koska Turkish delight is made using 100% natural ingredients and is approved by the Vegetarian Society. Vegan friendly, gluten free and is also Kosher certified.
What is Turkish Delight?
According to legend, Turkish delights were first concocted by the then Şekercibaşı (which means Pastry chef or pâtissier in Turkish) of the Imperial Kitchens of the Ottoman Empire following the Sultans’ remark after he chipped a tooth on hard candy “All these hard sweets and candy, make me something soft and sweet!”.
However, the real Turkish delight came about when Bekir Efendi opened his sweet shop in Bahçekapı district of Istanbul in 1777. Originally from the Kastamonu region in Turkey, Bekir Efendi’s sweet “morsels” (lokum in Ottoman Turkish, derived from the Arabic word rāḥat al-ḥulqūm meaning “easy on the throat, – throat comfort” ) gained fame amongst the locals and word quickly spread to the Palace (Topkapi palace) and was soon being perfected in the palace kitchens. Lokum got its big break and eventually the name Turkish delight when a British trader became acquainted with the sweet morsels during his visits to Istanbul and took some back with him. Turkish delights quickly became high societies favourite delicacy and was often traded in handkerchiefs in banquets and given as gifts. Credited as the creator of Turkish delight, Bekir Efendi’s shop is still serving sweets in Istanbul, passing the flag on from generation to generation since 1777.
Although not as established as Hacı Bekir, Koska Turkish delight are just as delicious and melts away in the mouth. We have tried, tested, over-indulged and handpicked these favourite flavours and will be introducing more in the future. Best sellers for those new to these light textured sweet morsels of delight are the Rose & Lemon flavours and the Turkish favourite Pistachio.