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For five generations, Hacı Bekir has been renowned for Turkey’s most famous export, lokum or Turkish Delight. The firm has been enticing discerning since 1977, when Bakir Efendi, a confectioner from Kastamönü, opened a little shop in Istanbul near the Egyptian Bazaar. He was soon appointed Confectioner to the Sultan, and the firm he founded is now one of the 100 oldest in the world. A subtle blend that is never too sweet, never too sticky, Hacı Bekir lokum is full of delicious natural flavours – rose-petal, hazlenut, pistachio or coconut, among others. You no longer need to travel to Istanbul for this taste sensation. You can order it online, and even find it in select shops abroad. But nothing compares with the experience of savouring the wonderful varieties of Hacı Bekir lokum in its home setting.
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