Delight, or Disappointment?

From C.S. Lewis’s Greatest Fiction Was Convincing American Kids They Would Like Turkish Delight, by Jess Zimmerman:

“There’s one thing almost everyone agreed on: Edmund’s willingness to put himself in the thrall of an evil witch in exchange for Turkish Delight makes him not only morally but gastronomically suspect. Though some Americans said Turkish Delight was okay, and a few had discovered they really liked it, the majority found that the aromatic sweet was definitely not their preferred dessert. The classic flavors, like rosewater and pistachio, aren’t familiar to American palates, and the texture—chewy, sticky gelatin—is polarizing.

The friends I talked to variously described Turkish Delight as “almost-solid perfume,” “like a blobby pink jelly baby,” “tastes like how cheap floral-scented cleaning products smell,” “gummy soap,” “flower-flavored atrociousness,” and “sticky gunky horror.” As for Edmund himself, responses included: “How sad was that kid’s life that the best treat he could think of was THAT?” “The boy had very poor taste.” “No child is that rapturous about something that is gelatin with nuts in it.” “It made me amazed they ever took him back.”

Hahaha! I was pretty baffled and a bit let down the first time I tried it, too. Read the rest here:


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