Strawberry Turkish Taffy


I've been fairly lucky in my life with travel. I've seen some pretty amazing things, and I'll probably see more. I've even been to Turkey several times in my life. I've only been to about 2 or 3 places in Turkey, with most of my time being spent in Istanbul. The thing is, through all of my travels in Turkey, I can't say that I've ever tried Turkish Taffy. I've had Turkish delight, Turkish cookies, and even a Turkish Marshmallow Locum from Cyprus, but never taffy. So, when I saw this bar of Turkish Taffy, I wasn't really sure what to think of it.

Then I thought, maybe they're going for a Turkish flavour, instead of an authentic Turkish treat. Maybe they would go for the flavours of Turkey in a North American taffy. This would work, except that this is a Strawberry flavoured taffy. It's not that they don't eat strawberries in Turkey; it's just not a focal flavour in their sweets. If this were to have a Turkish flavour, the first place I would go would be rose water. After that citrus flavours might work, and maybe even a spiced taffy. Worst of all the strawberry flavour just tastes like your standard fake strawberry you'd find in many Western based candies.

I'm not saying that this was a bad taffy, it was fine. The flavour was nothing exceptional, but the texture was pretty good. It was a bit of a challenge to bite into at first, but after a few bites, and the heat from your mouth, it softened up pretty well. My jaw hurt a little after eating this bar, but it's not too bad.

I'm not really sure what the theme of this candy is supposed to be, but it was a fine piece of strawberry taffy, just not really Turkish.