Turkish Delight {DIY Treats}

by Claire Minnaar

Turkish delights are not only for the Turkish and while they aren’t everyone’s first choice to sort a sweetie craving, they are loved by many and make for the perfect gift for teachers, friends and family. And, to add a personal touch or DIY element to your gift, you can make them yourself.

Turkish Delight {DIY Treats}

Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • Cooking spray
  • 25 g powdered gelatin
  • 260 ml water
  • 450 g caster sugar
  • 3 to 4 tsp rosewater (to taste)
  • A few drops of pink or red food colouring (optional)
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar + 1 tsp corn flour for dusting


  1. Place the gelatine, rosewater and into a large pot, mix together and stir in the caster sugar.
  2. Heat the mixture created in step 1 slowly while stirring continuously. You want to keep stirring until the sugar and gelatine have dissolved. If you stop too soon, you run the risk of your Turkish delights having a grainy or crunchy texture.
  3. Once dissolved, bring the mixture to the boil, without stirring.
  4. Reduce heat and allow your mixture to simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the stove and stir in some food colouring until the mixture turns a soft pink colour, and leave to cool for a couple of minutes to cool. You can, obviously, opt for a different colour if you prefer.
  6. Grease a square baking tin of approximately 20cm x 20cm.
  7. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and cover with a dishcloth or paper towel.
  8. Leave to set overnight at room temperature.
  9. Next morning, flip the baking tin over onto a cutting board and cut the delightful slab into squares with a sharp wet knife.
  10. Sift together the icing sugar and corn flour and roll your Turkish Delight blocks in it until well coated.

If you are making the Turkish delights to be given as a gift to someone special, you can purchase a pretty box at most stationery or plastics shops. You could opt for a patterned or colourful box or purchase a white box and tie a ribbon on your choice of colour around the box.

Remember to place your Turkish delights into a plastic bag (tie it closed) and then into your box(es) to ensure no damage to the box and to keep the delights fresher for longer.

Original images and their credits available on Pinterest

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