Spoon Sweet

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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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spoon sweet is a soft, toffee-like confection made of boiled sugar syrup, which is then stirred until it becomes opaque. A variety of flavorings can be added, such as fruit juice, mastic, or nuts. See mastic. Spoon sweet originated as an Islamic medicinal preparation called lâ’ûk, made palatable with sugar or honey; it subsequently evolved in fifteenth-century Turkey into a sweetmeat called lohuk or çevirme. The term çevirme, which means “turning,” refers to the long process of stirring in one direction that causes the sugar to form tiny crystals and yields a smooth, viscous texture.