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Turkey

This month's snack box is from Turkey. We have put together a selection of Turkish snacks – Sehrazat Tel Pistacchio Cotton Candy, Ulker Albeni Bites, Ulker Chokolati Gofret Wafers, Ulker Cizi Vic Crackers with Cheese, Hazerbaba Orange Turkish Delights, Malban Candy. We are sure that your taste buds are going to be satiated by the time you are done with your box.

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Our journey, this month, has brought us to Turkey, a trans-continental country in Europe-Asia, which is bordered, by eight countries and three seas; and the world’s 17thlargest GDP by purchasing power parity. Turkey is also a charter member of the UN, and a founding member of the OECD and G-20. Turkey’s history dates back several centuries, starting with the conquests of Alexander the Great, followed by the Byzantine Empire (during which Emperor Constantine I (one) went about setting up Constantinople as the capital city). In 1453, the Ottomans captured Constantinople to setup the Ottoman Empire, which ruled the region until the First World War. The capital of present day Turkey is Ankara, which is the second biggest city after Istanbul. Tourism is one of the strongest suites for Turkey, with it hosting two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Mausoleum in Halicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus.Turkey has a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of the Turkic, Anatolian, Ottoman (which was itself a continuation of both Greco-Roman and Islamic cultures) and Western culture and traditions, which started with the Westernization of the Ottoman Empire and still continues today.

What's inside this box?

Ulker Chokolati Gofret Wafers
Ulker Chokolati Gofret Wafers

Crunchy wafer leaves, a creamy and delicious chocolate coating - Ulker Chocolate Wafer, provides that familiar crispy flavor full of happiness. You will be able to enjoy this wafer wherever you like, at school, at home, or at work, where you can enjoy the delicate country chocolate tastefully.

Ulker Albeni Bites
Ulker Albeni Bites

This is a Milk Chocolate coated Bar with Caramel & Biscuit. The word Albeni in Turkish translates to “Take Me” and that is what this chocolate is all about – Take me and enjoy a sumptuous bite.

Ulker Cizi Vic Crackers with Cheese
Ulker Cizi Vic Crackers with Cheese

Ulker in their tradition of manufacturing tasteful delights bring to you Cizi Vic. This consists of a salty cracker sandwich with a delicious filling of cheese. The contrasting blends that the salty crackers and cheese offer, allow this snack to be a popular option for when the family sits down for a cup of tea, or Turkish coffee.

Hazerbaba Orange Turkish Delights
Hazerbaba Orange Turkish Delights

The history of Turkish delight dates back 500 years, making it one of the oldest sweets in the world. Legend has it that in his endeavor to cope with all his wives, the Sultan summoned all his confectionery experts and ordered them to produce a unique dessert to add to his collection of secret recipes. As a result of extensive research "Lokum" (better known as "Turkish Delight") was born. These gummy, sugar brushed cubes can be filled with anything from fruit flavoring to pistachios, and have been a part of Turkish culture for centuries. In this month’s box we present Turkish delights with an orange filling.

Malban Delicacies
Malban Delicacies

Malban is an old Mediterranean delicacy. Its characteristic flavor comes from the use of Mastic (an aromatic resin of the Mastic tree mainly native to Greece). Malban resembles fruit jelly, except it is traditionally made with grape molasses, thickened with starch and flavored with Rose water, mastic or orange blossom and stuffed with pistachios. Malban these days are covered with apricot paste, Rose petals, crushed pistachios, even chocolate!

Sehrazat Tel Pistacchio Cotton Candy
Sehrazat Tel Pistacchio Cotton Candy

Pişmaniye or pishmaniye is a Turkish sweet made by blending flour, which is then roasted in butter and pulled into fine strands of sugar. It is garnished with ground pistachio nuts. Although the texture is similar to cotton candy, both differ in preparation methods and ingredients used. The earliest Turkish reference to pişmaniye is a recipe by Şirvani, a physician from the 1430s. The Persian form pashmak, which is the origin of the Turkish name pişmaniye, occurs in the poetry of the Iranian poet Ebu Ishak, also known as Bushak (d. 1423 or 1427). "Pashm" in Persian means wool, and "Pashmak" means wool-like.

Ulker Clip Sesame Sticks
Ulker Clip Sesame Sticks

Sesame sticks are not new to most of us, but Ulker takes this simple concept further and offers us the perfect in-between-meal snack. In small portions, these sesame sticks along with a cup of hot Turkish coffee will offer you that energy boost to get you through to the end of the day.

TopTravel

We, at TopMunch, believe in helping our customers experience all the flavors, sights, sounds and languages that every culture around the world has to offer. With this mission, we have launched our travelogue –TopTravel, whereby we will educate you about some of the sights in every country along with local tips about how to gain an experience that can be preserved in your treasure chest of memories.

Over the course of the next few months, we will not only be educating you about the sights but also helping you plan your next getaway or vacation.

TURKEY

We continue our journey with TopMunch to the beautiful country of Turkey.

CAPPADOCIA Setup on the Anatolian plains,Cappadocia is a geological oddity of honeycombed hills and towering boulders of etherealbeauty. People have long utilized theregion's soft stone, seeking shelterunderground. The caverns are therefore scattered withfascinatingarchitecture.The Göreme Open-Air Museum, one of Turkey's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is 2an essential stop on any Cappadocian itinerary and deserves a two-hour visit. Firstlyit was an importantByzantine monasticsettlement that housed about20 monks, which thenbecame a pilgrimagesite from the 17th century. This splendid cluster of rock-cut churches, chapels and monasteries is about a couple of miles ofuphillwalkfrom Göreme's center. The stunning, fresco-filledKaranlık Kiliseis the most famous of the museum's many churches.

EPHESUS Of Turkey's hundreds of ancient cities and classical ruins, Ephesus is the grandest and best preserved. It's the best place on the Mediterranean to get a feel for what life was like in ancient times.In 356 BC the Temple of Cybele/Artemis wasdestroyed in a fire set by a lunatic. The Ephesians then set to work building a grand new temple, which was recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

ANKARA Somewhere between the cracks in the Hittite ruins, the mythical, mighty Turks raced across this highland steppe with big ideas and bigger swords. Alexander the Great cut that eponymous knot in Gordian where King Midas displayed his golden touch. Julius Caesar came, saw, conquered and then defended Turkey (which was then Asia Minor). Further north is the nation's fruit-bowl - Safranboluand Amasya; where wealthy weekenders come to capture a glimmer of a bygone age amid bendy-beamed mansions. Ankara is the meeting point between the fabled past and the present.

The Bazaars Malatya's vibrant city-center market sprawls north from Halep Caddesi. Especially fascinating is the lively metalworking section within the bazaar. Don't leave without spending some time (and sampling the wares) at the Apricot Market within the bazaar.

ISTANBUL Any visit to Turkey is incomplete without spending a few days in Istanbul (previously Constantinople) a transcontinental city that is the country’s economic, cultural and historic center. The top sights in Istanbul include – Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Aya Sofya, the Bazaars, the Blue Mosque and the hordes of museums and basilicas around.