When I was a wee nipper, Fry’s Turkish Delight was about as exotic and sophisticated as you could get on the confectionary aisle. The television advertisements were full of exotic beauties (probably hailing from Ipswich, but hey, they had jewels in their belly buttons so to a kid that was as good as a Turkish princess – not quite sure why they always had to be buried in sand by the end though). So it was with some excitement that I brought home a Turkish Delight from Tescos earlier this week.
The packaging claims that it is “full of eastern promise” and that the bar is still “as good as ever”. The latter statement triggers my inner cynic for a short while, especially as it’s an old favourite relaunched by Cadbury, but I’m lured back by the luxurious look of the metallic purple/pink of the wrapping.
On opening the wrapper though, I’m disappointed. What is revealed is a bland rectangular slab, measuring 6cm x 4cm x 1cm and with 4 ridges on the top – just like you’d find on countless numbers of chocolate bars on the market. Its competition has moved on – it no longer looks the rich sophisticate. As you can see from the photo, the chocolate was cracked on mine – a problem endemic with the crisp layer of chocolate on a flexible filling (yes, I’ve now eaten several of these – the extremes I go to for proper chocolate research… I hope you’re impressed).
My nostalgia somewhat tempered, I bite into the bar. I’m immediately impressed with the crunch of a generous layer of proper Cadbury milk chocolate – and let’s face it, in the milk chocolate stakes there’s not much that beats Cadbury’s. The interior takes a little more getting used to. The filling in a Turkish Delight is far removed from “real” turkish delight. Imagine instead a firm jelly flavoured with the essence of rose and overdosed with sugar and you won’t be far off. It is pretty sickly.
Oddly though, once you’re used to it, the combination works. Maybe it’s my die-hard sweet tooth which always gets in a “shall I have chocolate, shall I have some sweets?” dilemma which is nicely eradicated in the one bar. Maybe it’s just nostalgia winning out over common sense. Either way, I’m looking forward to the next one.
There may well be many more exotic and sophisticated chocolate bars in the confectionary aisle these days, and to be perfectly fair, I have to state that Fry’s Turkish Delight can no longer compete in those lofty circles. But it’s still a pleasant little bar, above the norm of your every day chocolate snack, and highly recommended to sugar-holics.