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Frys Turkish Delight
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:02:17 pm »
As a child, it was the booby prize of the chocolate world. It was the one chocolate that if someone gave you a bar of it, you'd be disappointed. We were discussing in the pub whether its disappearance from newsagents was down to changes in taste, or increasing islamaphobia, as it was probably the only chocolate advertised by a man dressed as a sheikh with a giant sword. Tracked down a bar tonight, discovered my tastes have changed. I quite like it now.
Ironically, it's easier to get real Turkish delight near me, than the Fry's version, but they cover that stuff with icing sugar rather than chocolate, I think they're missing a trick there.

Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2012, 09:05:37 pm »
Iconic as was fry's chocolate creme thingy bar.
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2012, 09:08:45 pm »
Can you still get After Eights?

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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2012, 09:10:14 pm »
As a child, it was the booby prize of the chocolate world.

Heresy!  Fry's Turkish Delight married the sweet perfection of any other confectionery to the smug sophistication of "grown up sweeties" and was therefore towards the top of the desirability list as a child.  Also, it has that sort of floral smell, not as strong as Parma Violets but definitely on that spectrum.

These days I prefer 'real' Turkish Delight but I still buy it occasionally just to see if it's as amazing as it used to be.  I'm always disappointed.

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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2012, 09:14:57 pm »
1) Take a bar of Frys Turkish Delight
2) Put it in the freezer
3) Wait, far longer than is reasonable, for it to freeze
4) Remove from freezer and, before opening, bash it into bits.  Preferably with the knife steel inherited from Great Granny Isobel, but failing that a toffee hammer/lump hammer/other favourite blunt instrument would do.
5) Eat.

Ahhh..... the tastes of one's childhood.

Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2012, 09:17:16 pm »
Can you still get After Eights?

a friend invented the manufacturing process for those.  The minty bit is rigid before it's coated in chocolate, then goes liquid after the chocolate has set.  Never challenge her to a game of trivial pursuit.

Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2012, 09:22:58 pm »
As a child, it was the booby prize of the chocolate world.

Heresy!  Fry's Turkish Delight married the sweet perfection of any other confectionery to the smug sophistication of "grown up sweeties" and was therefore towards the top of the desirability list as a child.  Also, it has that sort of floral smell, not as strong as Parma Violets but definitely on that spectrum.

These days I prefer 'real' Turkish Delight but I still buy it occasionally just to see if it's as amazing as it used to be.  I'm always disappointed.

Nostalgia sure isn't what it used to be.  ;D
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2012, 09:24:13 pm »
The chap who played the man dressed as a sheikh with a giant sword in the TV advert is now the landlord of the Black Eagle in Handsworth.  He's obviously a lot older now, but it is still easy to see that it's him.
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2012, 09:25:08 pm »
I remember reading the lion the witch and wardrobe and being amazed that one of the kids got friendly with the white witch after she gave him Turkish delight. I'd have told her to piss off and come back with proper sweets like smartest or curly wurlies

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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2012, 09:28:52 pm »
As someone who much prefers dark chocolate and isn't keen on floral sweeties, I love Fry's Turkish Delight. It's full of Eastern promise!
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2012, 09:32:05 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/qAY_o36paQ0&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/qAY_o36paQ0&rel=1</a>
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2012, 09:40:03 pm »
I liked Fry's Turkish Delight. Then Dad told me how his uncle, Jack Politi, had introduced the confection to Britain. After that, it was always Politi's Turkish delight, usually supplied in massive quantities by David Politi to Auntie Ellie, my paternal grandmother...
I've not had Turkish Delight for a long while but the Tigris Supermarket round the corner has a good range of Rahat Lakoum...

Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2012, 09:44:22 pm »
Seems to me your uncle was a sensible fella and that you have the most enormous reason on earth to sink your mandilbes into turkish delight.
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2012, 09:55:03 pm »
I like Frys Turkish Delight. Nearly bought one on Saturday till I saw the Double Deckers were reduced. It's nicer than Dairy Milk Turkish, though I'll eat that, too.
Chocolate Cream and Orange Cream are dark chocolate, I like those too. Harder to find, but still around, though obviously smaller than in our youth.
You don't get to be this size from turning your nose up at cheap-and-nasty chocolate, y'know.
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2012, 10:00:38 pm »
I like Frys Turkish Delight.
Chocolate Cream and Orange Cream are dark chocolate, I like those too. Harder to find, but still around, though obviously smaller than in our youth.
You don't get to be this size from turning your nose up at cheap-and-nasty chocolate, y'know.
I agree with this. :) Mmmm, cheap chocolate. :)
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2012, 10:01:11 pm »
I like it, but not as much as I like Rum and Raisin Marzipan bars that you get in Lidl.

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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2012, 10:20:35 pm »
I like it, but not as much as I like Rum and Raisin Marzipan bars that you get in Lidl.
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2012, 11:27:12 pm »
I've not tried Lidl marzipan. We really eat little chocolate nowadays and David doesn't like marzipan. Holidays in Copenhagen were sweetened with Anton Berg's marzipan; probably the best in the world...

Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2012, 06:03:23 am »
Ah yes. Plum in Madeira  :P

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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2012, 07:48:05 am »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/qAY_o36paQ0&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/qAY_o36paQ0&rel=1</a>

No not him.  There is an older shorter advert.  Same character. 
I've searched for an image, but can't find it.
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2012, 07:49:55 am »
I love frys Turkish delight and I love marzipan, I now want both

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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2012, 08:15:07 am »
I love frys Turkish delight and I love marzipan, I now want both
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2012, 08:18:44 am »

Nostalgia sure isn't what it used to be.  ;D

There was an early TV advert for it with a song  parodied as

"Fry's Turkish Delight
Makes you sick in the night"

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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2012, 09:02:08 am »
I'm with geraldc.

It was disgusting. Probably still is.
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Re: Frys Turkish Delight
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2012, 10:48:25 am »
My Dad (Nelson Wheelers and Lancaster CC in the thirties) rated it highly as a proto energy bar.

Upthread someone mentioned Fry's Chocolate Cream, which I don't remember. Now Fry's Peppermint Cream (according to Wikipedia (should we adopt ATW as shorthand?) there were three flavours). was one of my favourites.