When I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a youngster, Turkish delight sounded like the most heavenly sweet ever devised. I imagined it as similar to caramel or toffee, but subtler and more complex.
Yesterday, I discovered that Turkish delight? Is nothing of the sort. The type I sampled was graciously brought back from a coworker’s vacation and wasn’t even the typical rosewater-flavored version: it was billed as “coconut, lemon, and pistachio,” and the pictures on the box made it look somewhat alluring.
The candy itself was thickly dusted in coconut, which was the predominant flavor when I took my first (and last) bite. A group of coworkers burst out laughing watching my face go from optimistic to revulsed as I desperately tried to equate the gummy mass with anything resembling “lemon” or “pistachio.” When they asked me to describe the flavor, the closest I could come was “It tastes like worms.”