Make Turkish Delight Called Lokum in Your Kitchen With This Recipe

Traditional lemon and rose Turkish delight
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Ratings (44)
  • Total: 85 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 70 mins
  • Yield: 16 Pieces (16 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
250 Calories
0g Fat
64g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 Pieces (16 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 250
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 7mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Turkish Delight is a candy that originated in Turkey in the 1700's. The candy was featured in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", by C.S Lewis. The White Witch tempted a character, Edmund, with Turkish delight. This easy Turkish delight recipe will tempt you, too!


  • 4 cups sugar (granulated)
  • 1 1/4 cups cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon potassium bitartrate (cream of tartar)
  • 4 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water (rose water)
  • 1 cup  sugar (confectioners)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (or shortening)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a 9-inch baking pan, grease the sides and bottom with vegetable oil or shortening. Line with wax paper and grease the wax paper.

  2. In a saucepan, combine lemon juice, sugar and 1 1/2 cups water on medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer until the mixture reaches 240 F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and set aside.

  3. Combine cream of tartar, 1 cup cornstarch and remaining water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until all lumps are gone and the mixture begins to boil. Stop stirring when the mixture has a glue-like consistency.​

  4. Stir in the lemon juice, water and sugar mixture. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and allow to simmer for 1 hour, stirring frequently.

  5. Once the mixture has become a golden color, stir in rosewater. Pour mixture into wax paper lined the pan. Spread evenly and allow to cool overnight.

  6. Once it has cooled overnight, sift together confectioners sugar and remaining cornstarch.

  7. Turn over the baking pan containing Turkish delight onto clean counter or table and cut with an oiled knife into one-inch pieces.

  8. Coat with confectioners sugar mixture. Serve or store in airtight container in layers separated with wax or parchment paper.