I know it’s Lent, and many of you have probably given up sweets. I’m not trying to tempt you or encourage you to break your “fast”; I want to you to start planning ahead - Easter is right around the corner!
Not long ago, I was searching the web for information and a recipe for Soorp (St.) Sarkis Halva, (see Feb. 5th post). With a lot of sleuthing, and some help from a family friend, I was able to find a home-friendly recipe using marshmallow creme as an ingredient, as strange as that seemed.
The internet led me to a candy company in California, Nory Rahat Locum, which made this special, seasonal Halva.
‘Now I’m getting somewhere,’ I thought.
I e-mailed Nory Rahat Locum hoping to acquire some background information about this Halva, and possibly a recipe that could be made at home. After a short wait, I heard from Armand Sahakian, who currently owns Nory Rahat Locum with his wife. They bought the company last June from the previous owners, Mr. and Mrs. Jibilian. The Jibilians retired after making these sweets for over 30 years. Mr. Sahakian says he wishes to “re-introduce Armenian Locum to the consumer”, as “most people seem to think locum is only made in Turkey.”
In regard to their St. Sarkis Halva, Mr. Sahakian and Mr. Jibilian decided to discontinue it from their product line. (And I thought I finally found a place where I could buy it. Oh well.) He confirmed, by the way, that his mother, and just about everyone he knows uses marshmallow creme to make it. I guess it's not such an unusual ingredient after all!
Mr. Sahakian also sent me an interesting article about St. Sarkis Day, but I’m saving it for next year when the celebration rolls around again. Don’t let me forget!
After inspecting their products on-line, I could see that Mr. and Mrs. Sahakian take pride in everything they make. Their candies are “proudly made in California using the finest ingredients”. (I've sampled their locum, and it's really, really good! Be warned: You'll be tempted to eat your way through the whole box in one sitting.)
If you don’t believe me, take a look for yourself at: www.norylocum.com. You might as well place your candy orders now, so that you’ll have them in time for Easter.
And tell the Sahakians The Armenian Kitchen sent you!