After posting a special request asking about a type of candy that was handed out at funerals, I received suggestions from two readers:
#1: JH suggested it could possibly be locum, which, after dusting it with powdered sugar is white.
#2. My cousin Craig Simonian wrote, “You're talking about Nabat Shakar, which simply means Sweet Candy.” In other words, rock candy.
According to the link Craig included, rock candy is described thusly: ‘Persian Rock Candy is used for various purposes and is believed to have a variety of healing properties. It is available in a long crystal form or in smaller pieces.’
I mentioned the rock candy suggestion to JH who replied, “I thought of rock candy too but the milky description threw me. My Grandmother did make that but I thought it was more clear than white - unless they added something so that the color clouded a bit.”