Introduction: Turkish Delight (Lokum) Recipe

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How to make this simple addictive confectionary as featured in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment

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Ingredients (refer to the picture):
  • 4 cups white sugar ($1.50/kg)
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup cornflour ($2/kg)
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1.5 tablespoons rosewater ($1/50mL)
  • red food colouring ($1/50mL)
  • 1 cup icing sugar

  • 2 pans
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons
  • cake pan (square preferrable)
  • knife
  • stiring spoons

Step 2: Dissolve Sugar Into Water

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Add 1.5 cups of water to a pan and dissolve all of the sugar over low heat. If the liquid starts boiling lower the heat. Add the lemon juice to the dissolved sugar

Step 3: Mix Cornflour Into Water

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Mix cornflour and cream of tartar into remaining water to make a smooth viscous liquid. Heat the liquid until it comes to a boil and thickens.

Step 4: Combine Sugar and Cornflour Solution

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Mix the sugar and cornflour solution and add the cream of tartar, whisk till it forms a paste. It should go slightly milky in color.

Add the rose water and food coloring.

Step 5: Pour Syrup Into Shallow Dish

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Line a shallow dish (approximately 30mm) with aluminium foil; this will make it easy to remove.

Pour the Turkish delight mix into the dish and refrigerate it overnight.

Step 6: Cut Into Squares

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Remove the Turkish delight from the dish, peel the foil away from the sides.

Cut the Turkish delight into approximately 30mm squares.

Step 7: Coat With Icing Sugar

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Finally, coat the squares in icing sugar. This stops them from sticking and looks nice.


Fathomlis (author)2016-07-16

I should try this! Looks delicious!

Builders Shed (author)2016-06-26

sadece türk lokum gibi!

ddale7 (author)2015-12-04

If you are not already an experienced candy maker, this recipe omits many important steps. Here is one with more complete instructions:

jesucka87 (author)2015-12-01

In Washington state, a candy company makes these, they call them Aplets and Cotlets and berry delights. They're my favorite!

AntalyaDedikodu (author)2015-10-03

Canınız lokum çektiğinde yapmanız gereken tek şey adresine girip lokum sipariş vermektir.

craft-n-genius (author)2013-09-14

It's looks EXACTLY like the Turkish delight from Narnia that Edmund eat. I WANT TO MAKE THIS!!!!!!!!

yoginigigi (author)2012-08-17

This recipe is one of the worst written recipes I have ever had the misfortune of using - bar none. I am neither being nice nor not nice, just telling the truth. So here goes with the constructive details.

The ONLY way that this recipe works is to go and find the instructions on another website. Here's why:

Recipe tells you to let the sugar dissolve and if the liquid starts to boil lower the heat. OK, so the sugar is dissolved. NOWHERE in these useless instructions does it say to make a syrup with the sugar.
Then it tells you to add the cornflour mix and then just incorporate and then turn it out. Nowhere does it say that you need to do that over heat for an extended period of time
I used expensive organic ingredients and had to throw the whole lot away. I just finished making a SUCCESSFUL batch from a recipe on

If that qualifies as not nice and I get banned from this site, so be it. But frankly I am not going to sugar coat the feedback on what was the most poorly written recipe I have ever used (that incidentally cost me about $10.

ms_jane (author)2010-02-04

For those of you who are wondering, Turkish delight tastes like a marriage between jello and gummy bears. The flavor is delicate, usually either lemon  or rose. It's powdery at first and when you bite into it, there is only just enough resistance; not too much like gummy bears and not too little like jello. It's a bit sticky as you chew, but dissolves quickly in your mouth. It's very satisfying to eat, yet leaves you wanting more. 

soundinnovation (author)ms_jane2010-02-04

I've also seen apricot, mint, and peach flavors as well, although I prefer the lemon and rose ones.

Bergamot (author)soundinnovation2012-04-05

Apricot and peach, huh? Sounds good! Mint is lousy tho! :D

Jaycub (author)ms_jane2010-02-04

That sounds very good.

rjhw1 (author)2010-01-30

In all the movies ive seen, and books ive read, it seems that alot of the times this is eaten, its by evil people. Kinda weird. Are you people all antagonists? :O

wilderness (author)rjhw12010-02-04

Hi rjhw1

I'll tell you my theory about that one:

Turkish delight is an 'oriental' sweet. The Romantic English writers, fathers of modern fantasy (e.g. J. R. R. Tolkein and C. S. Lewis), though they were intelligent and insightful people, were not the most enlightened of multiculturalists.

They had a very affectionate notion of proper, traditional, English things like beer, valour and buttered toast. Anything un-English, though it might be very admirable, or impressive, was nevertheless looked on with a certain amount of suspicion.

You will notice that the reinforcements who came to join the baddies in The Lord of the Rings, for example, all came from the South and the East. The heroes were the good old country shire folk with their broad English dialects. The Calormenes in the Chronicles of Narnia were dark and treacherous merchants and politicians who looked and dressed like Turks, ate their bread with oil, mistreated their animals and hated the chivalrous and fair-skinned people of Narnia.

It's an intellectual failing known as 'orientalism', or more basically, the failure to identify with people of other human cultures as equal and essentially similar to yourself.

I hope nobody finds this comment offensive. I am of mixed ethnic background and have lived in both England and the Middle East, which is why I identify with the issue. I should add for the record, that I loved the Narnia books as a child, and think they contain a lot of beautiful and insightful writing.

I also love both lokum (real turkish delight) and real ale!

-- wilderness

zzoe (author)wilderness2011-09-27

Well put, Wilderness.

musicboxdoll (author)2011-04-20

Um, mine wont thicken properly, did I do something wrong?
It's the consistency of Vaseline mixed with semi hardened jello and this is the second time that this has happened, I tried to boil it longer this time but it's still not quite stiff enough to cut, so of you can help, that would be great thanks! :)

YoshiB (author)2010-08-27

also is it meant to be a bit lumpy?before it looked like vaseline or hairgel and now that i combined it is a bit lumpy. normal or no? ciao

YoshiB (author)2010-08-27

umm.... why do we add another lot of cream of tartar when we did it in the previous step?please reply ASAP. ciao.

Frankie Daileigh (author)2010-02-04


Cornflour in the UK is same as Corn starch in US.
Cornmeal is for tortillas etc

Zyzybalooba (author)Matth19812010-02-04

Thanks for clearing that up, Matth.  I wasn't sure what cornflour was either.

Along those lines, those who don't know, icing sugar in the UK is called powdered or confectioners sugar in the US

Tiktaky (author)Zyzybalooba2010-05-05

 In Australia both "icing sugar" and "confectioners sugar" is sold as dffrent products.

Icing sugar contains flour, caster sugar, AND confectioners sugar and is almost a "ready made royal icing"

For this recipe you can use generic-brand icing sugar (as it often does not contain flour) or pay a little extra for confectioners sugar.

Maldris (author)Zyzybalooba2010-02-04

why cant this be standardised!

oh well it'll hopefully happen some day.

I thank you on behalf of those that needed the help

Flash635 (author)Maldris2010-02-04

It was standardised until Americans changed it.

Maldris (author)Flash6352010-02-05

good point, good thing I don't live in America :P then Id just sound like a hypocrite :P

Flash635 (author)Maldris2010-02-05

Then you could say,"Why doesn't everyone just speak "Merikan?"

Fred82664 (author)Flash6352010-02-06

According to the laws of sociology and the growth of technology the whole world will be speaking the same language with the same standers and meanings in about  50 to 100 years. personally I think mankind would of destroyed its self by weapons of mass destruction long before then. Then it will not mater    

Maldris (author)Flash6352010-02-05

true but Im not going to.

Fashim (author)Matth19812010-02-06

What about in Australia *Says it in a Deep Steriotype Voice*

Sulik (author)Frankie Daileigh2010-02-04


RaNDoMLeiGH (author)Sulik2010-02-05

3ngin3 (author)Frankie Daileigh2010-02-04

yep corn flour, if you use egg with that flour you make bread,tortillas etc.

applesaucemodifier (author)2010-03-28

 how important is the rosewater? This stuff is impossible to find.

 Rose water is the main ingredient as it adds the actual "turkish delight" flavoring.

In australia you can by "rose extract" which is a syrup form of rose water.

Or you can make your own

KahlZun (author)2010-02-26

How does the recipe change if you're using Rose Syrup? (Very strong flavour!)

Phil B (author)2010-02-04

We saw this for sale many places when we were in Turkey and Greece.  Unless I am mistaken, it is a lot like a candy from the state of Washington in the USA called "Apple Cotlets."

macguima (author)Phil B2010-02-12

Dear Phil B: Turkish delights have been around for hundreds of years.  Is Apple Cotlets that resemble the turkish candy and good for them. 

Suzanne in Orting (author)Phil B2010-02-05

The product that you refer to is from Liberty Orchards in Cashmere WA.  They started with two flavors, Applets and Cotlets, to use locally available apple, apricot, and walnut crops.  Next, they added Grapelets.  Since then, they have added many other fruit and nut combinations under the name of Fruit Festives.

When I was a kid, we visited the factory there.  It was a small operation and they had the cool policy that everyone switched jobs every 2 hours.

I usually buy the economy box, which translates to "the ones that were cut funny."

Suzanne in Orting, WA

Phil B (author)Suzanne in Orting2010-02-06

Thank you for the background information.  When I first had Cotlets we lived in Ohio.  We now live in Idaho.

ScienceWiz (author)2010-02-09

My math teacher went to Turkey and brought back my Turkish Delights for my whole class!! She had a couple different kinds, but the rose ones were absoooluuutely delicious!! I had fallen in love, excuse the pathetic pun, and wanted to find a place to buy them. I looked and looked and looked but couldn't find turkish delights anywhere... Luckily, you posted this instructable and now i can make turkish delights whenever i want!! Thankyou!

jianqiang (author)2010-01-30

 What does it taste like? Must taste pretty good if Edmund betrayed his siblings for them :)

greybunny (author)jianqiang2010-02-05

 It's not that it was "so very good," it's that he ate something that she made with magic. She essentially poisoned him. It had to be something he would eat, however, which is why it's a treat. You noticed that though he had bad attitudes before, they did not appear destructive to his family until after he ate it. His "loyalty" shifted.

Very good insights, Wilderness. I always took it being reactionary to WWII. In fact, the people who help the (British) in LotRs are described being close to Italian, Japanese and German. The "Italians" are the hardest to find. Also, according to my sister, the "eagles" represented the US, but I didn't see it. Probably because it was way too blunt, where Tolkien normally is sly about it. Or maybe he just couldn't come up with another ending :)

Temporalis (author)jianqiang2010-02-04

 If made properly, it should taste of roses.

macchiato (author)2010-02-05

 Woo woo wait a second here. Your recipe doesn't mention anything about boiling the sugar mixture until it thickens at all. Isn't it so that you should boil it until you can form a ball between your thumb and index finger at least?

claudiaivonnefranco (author)2010-02-04

In the US, Corn Flour is NOT Corn Starch.  Two different things and I am sure this needs Corn STARCH, to thicken.

sherlocksbumstead (author)2010-02-04

do i just leave out the rosewater to make it plain 'ol lemon flavored? i'm trying to make it just with stuff in my house

dhilberling (author)2010-02-04

be sure you let other know that "cornflour" is the same as "corn starch".  My poor husband look everywhere in our small town for cornflour because I am usually very precise about what I need from the store.  After 30 years of marriage, I still haven't lived that one down!!

imkwl12345 (author)2010-01-31

it says add cream of tartar

Joe Martin (author)imkwl123452010-01-31

I'd ignore where it says to add it in step 4 as you've already mixed it with the cornflour and water in step 3.

imkwl12345 (author)Joe Martin2010-01-31

ok thanks lol mine is still a sloppy mess after 24 hours in the fridge so i dunno what went wrong..

Joe Martin (author)imkwl123452010-02-01

Oh well! You may not of heated it enough/for long enough or even too much.

Better luck if you try it again in the future!

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