The Turkish word for lokum comes from the Arabic name rahat al-hulqum meaning “comfort of the throat”. Invented by an Ottoman villager, this incredible sweet was first sold in a confectionery shop in late 18th century. Shortly after, it was introduced to Europe, Turkish delight became a major delicacy in Britain, as well as throughout Continental Europe for the aristocracy. Indeed, it had become common practice among upper class socialites to exchange lokum pieces wrapped in silk handkerchiefs.
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