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Narnia fans: Recipe for authentic Turkish Delight

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

So, you’ve watched the Chronicles of Narnia and are wondering just why Edmund was willing to give up so much for the promise of a confection called “Turkish Delight.”

Wonder no more. Here is a recipe so you can make your own authentic homemade Turkish Delight just in time for Christmas.

2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon rose water flavoring (or see alternate below)
2 drops red food coloring
1/2 cup shelled ready-to-eat pistachios
1 bag of powdered sugar

You will need a candy thermometer unless you are an expert cook.

Rose water will be the hard ingredient to find – it most likely will not be at your local supermarket. You may be able to find it at a baking supply store or a local Mediterranean grocery. Or, you can buy it online here from Savory Foods.


Dissolve sugar and cornstarch in water. Add cream of tartar. Boil to 220 degrees F.

Add flavor, food color and nuts, stirring thoroughly.

Pour into a buttered, shallow square pan and set aside to cool.

Once candy is cool (room temperature), cut into squares.

Roll each square in powdered sugar until it is evenly covered. You may opt to put sugar in a zip-lock bag and “shake” individual candy pieces inside.

Candy should be stored in a plastic bag or a wax-paper-sealed tin to keep it from hardening too fast.

Alternate recipes: To modern American tastes, rose-flavored foods may be a little too odd to be pleasant. You may want to change the flavor to lemon, orange, cherry, strawberry, almond, butterscotch, maple, raspberry or any other store-bought flavoring. Be sure to change the food coloring to the appropriate new flavor, though. Pistachios may be replaced by almonds, cashews, pecans or any other favorite nut.

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.

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