Sunday, September 27, 2015

Rock Candy - Can it Heal One's Soul?

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. 
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.”

Because I can clearly recall being given rock candy as a child in my grandparents’ home, I'm leaning toward that suggestion. Mind you, I don’t recall it being served in times of sadness, it just gave us sweet pleasure.

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