Candy Day!

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Journalist’s Day, Quit Smoking Day, Women’s Day, Theater Day, Peace Day, Teacher’s Day and a pile I can’t name “special day” we have and all over the world…

There is also a special day in Sweden called “Candy Day”; in your own languagelördagsgodis” they say, “lördag” means “Saturday”, “godis” means “sugar”… “Saturday candy” If I say it would be a bad translation, “what a nice day” in the sense of “Sugar Saturday” It seems more correct.

Swedes don’t celebrate this day once a year, for them, every Saturday is “candy day”. Children yearn for Saturdays. On that day, all kinds of sweets are free for all children (including adults who use children as an excuse). On that day, lines form in front of the bakeries, everyone buys a bag of sugar and heads home. Moms and dads tell their kids to eat as much sugar as you can eat that day, but on the condition that you don’t want sugar on other days of the week.

Children know this too, eat as much as they can that day and wait for the next Saturday with the patience of a dervish.

Oh what a sweet day Saturday is!


“Children shouldn’t be killed, so they can eat sweets” According to the poet, there is an unbreakable bond between sugar and children, childhood and sugar. Sugar is a lot in all societies. “precious” Something happened throughout history that after fasting for a month between us “thanks” As the day of saying ends up turning into a holiday, we “Thanks” also “sugar” For hundreds of years, we ate handfuls of sweets that day, let kids out on the streets to collect sweets, gave weight to sugary desserts, and added completely different content to the holiday.

It’s not bad that we did this because he left us a different holiday souvenir gift like a hard childhood candy made from colored gelatin, we are grateful to whoever did this.


Sugar is not from central Hakkari, but from Iraq, which is closer to us. amediMy father used to bring him from his town. The mule would take him from his load, always late at night… In front of the door, the animal snorted, announcing the arrival of my father, and we would come out of whatever deep sleep we were in and go to meet him. Everything that came out of the load brought the fresh smell of the city to our home. Everything would glow in the dark. For my mom, shiny fabric, cigarette papers that my dad made a changing tool and gislavet shoes (we used to call it)…Especially the candy… A piece of solid white candy, similar to a small cannonball, came out of the cloth it was wrapped in and cut through the white mess… It was called a bonbon head. It was broken with a hammer, cut into small pieces and used in kitlama tea. This hard candy was not used to sweeten tea for breakfast. There would also be granulated sugar in a bag for him. My mom saved half as a sweetener, boiled the rest in a pan, added walnuts, boiled it for a long time, then poured it on a flat tray, covered it with a cloth, and let it cool. Her too “shakira kelandi” It was called. “Sweet Roast” most of the time it was for dessert, and most of the time it was taken while drinking tea. Giving children’s hands in a separate paper bag (ji bo biûka decks) candy for… We were keeping an eye on him. And the other children of our neighbors who knew my father was coming… They all stood in line, my mother made everyone happy.


Most of the precious things that make human beings happy and happy have come to us at the cost of sweat, blood, and perhaps the lives of other people like us, and have made us happy and happy. But for some reason we don’t ask ourselves about these stories. Although we didn’t receive it as a result of human work as hard as the diamond, this candy has a very bitter history. In the beginning, sugar was the colonists’ most important commercial tool. They first called it white gold. When he discovered that sugar could be made from sugar cane, the man with the straw hat took a large number of Africans from their places of residence. They were taken to the Caribbean to work as slaves in the cane fields.

Alexander, the Great followed by a large army Persian king DariusWhen he marched in the flour and was defeated, he lost direction and became my hometown. “Tens of thousands” of war remnants passing through Hakkari and arriving in Trabzon. There was also a small amount of sugar on their backs, probably not as much as my dad’s. They brought sugar to Europe for the first time. But they kept what they took, the rest did not come… When the Arabs crossed Gibraltar and went to Spain, this time they took not only Aristotle, but also sugar. When Crusader survivors returned, they also brought sugar to Europe.

They learned how to get sugar from the Indians’ sugar cane after that.

350 years ago, sugar was something only kings, queens, kaisers, counts and dukes could achieve in Europe. Only royal families could have sugar in their meals. Sweet food is not for everyone. Sugar at that time was a sign of luxury and wealth, just like caviar. The one with the sugar was great. He would come to the table of nobles.

Those who could add sugar to their meals were wealthy. At that time, there were those who added sugar even to salty foods to bring their wealth in the eyes of others. It was such a luxurious product that sugar is used not only for use but for display, even to decorate tables, Sugar dishes were placed on some rich tables, for example.

When sugar was obtained from sugar cane and became plentiful, it gradually managed to reach sugar in the markets and consequently the price went down. After a while, it lost its status as a luxury food and began to be used in medicine, and doctors advised their patients to eat sugar to regain strength. With the Industrial Revolution, it completely entered everyone’s house.

We owe it to the Germans because they discovered for the first time in the world how to get sugar from sugar beets.


Drinking kıtlama tea (which is also common among us), identified with Erzurum, must have been a peculiar tradition in times when sugar was hard to come by. Because it’s possible to have a few cups of tea with a piece of hard sugar that you put in your mouth – when I was a kid, they soaked the sugar in a special way to harden it a little more. Filling the tea cup halfway with sugar is a tradition of the times of plenty… Even now, go to Hewlêr, for example, even if you don’t want to, the tea cup that comes in front of you is half full at least that was the last time I went, even when you were there you asked a government official. “You need a sugar revolution similar to the hat revolution on us, you’re going to shake some tea makers who fill half their cup with sugar, let’s see if they do it again” I joked and then told them about the merits of the hat revolution!


In my childhood, I didn’t know that sugar can be made from sugar beets. The name of the beet is “silk”. It’s a light pink type grown on us. It is used in all kinds of dishes. In the meal “Tirşik”, especially in pilafs. My children and my friends’ children who eat at our house “pink rice” they gave him the name. I do this very often.

Cut four beets into small cubes, take some lamb on the bone in a pan, add the beets. Boil three handfuls of sumac, mash well in a large bowl, extract the juice. Pour sumac juice over the meat and beets, bring to a boil. The more rice you want to cook, the more rice you want to soak. When the meat and beets are cooked, take the meat in a separate place and the juice in another place. Melt the butter in the pan, put the meat in the bottom of the pan, put the cooked beets, add the rice… then add the sumac broth, turn the bottom of the pan after a while and let the rice cook. Once the rice is cooked, place a tray in the pan and turn it upside down…

A bittersweet concoction will stick to your taste buds as you eat.


Sugar is one of the foods that have shaped the history of the world. He set out to discover a new world in 1492. columbusThere was also a sugar cane mill next door. He would plant this plant wherever he found it, thus putting India’s shoes at risk. And so it was, on the island they discovered, they killed all the natives and started to clear the cane fields. On the islands of all these regions, after a while, huge forests of sugarcane emerged. Faced with these islands, Europeans clashed, bloody wars took place, the islands changed hands, and eventually India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Pacific Islands were colonized.

Thousands of slaves were needed to obtain sugar from these large sugar cane plantations. What follows is a tremendous human tragedy, twelve million black people died on this road.


Let’s go back to the Swedes “lordagsgodis’em, so “candy day”Which…

In Sweden, he finds 120 different types of candies, including hard and soft candies, chocolates, gummy candies, sweet, sour and especially savory, licorice root candies in candy stores. Black licorice root candy is so famous it even has a festival named after it.

The date of entry into the life of the most popular soft candies today is not very old, they met soft candies in 1985.

You know, 60-70 years ago, “lordagsgodis”, so just looking at the cuteness in the name of that tradition that releases sweets to children on Saturdays. “What a beautiful day the men thought“Don’t say. Behind this beautiful day is a bitter and dramatic story similar to the blood of slaves spilled over sugar that has sweetened our mouths throughout history.

So why Saturday first among the days of the week? The Swedes are a nation that adheres to their traditions. Saturdays were bath days, your Viking ancestors. On that day they wash, comb their hair and change their clothes. That’s why they count the Sabbath as a “day of purification.”

The Swedes are the nation that consumes the most sugar in the world, with fifteen kilos per capita. They’ve been obsessed with sugar since the day they met him. After a while, everyone started to suffer from tooth decay. The question of whether there is a link between sugar and tooth decay came to doctors’ minds; They said it could be. So they have to prove it with an experiment. In their minds the city of Lund At Vipeholm Psychiatric Hospital the evidence has arrived. to the story Vipeholm experience they did the experiment. Between 1945 and 1950, for five years, they gave sugar to the mentally ill in the hospital as they gave it, and after a while they detected cavities in all of them. Yes, sugar is hostile to teeth, to other things too… So you have to limit it…

The state appealed to its citizens and asked them to limit their sugar consumption to one day.

their minds too “Purification Day” Saturday arrived “lordagsgodis” Thus began the tradition.

What “Sugar Saturday” isn’t it?

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