Sekerci Cafer Erol Sweet Treats For A Modern-day Sultan

The Guide Istanbul|January/February 2018

Sekerci Cafer Erol Sweet Treats For A Modern-day Sultan

Sekerci Cafer Erol Sweet Treats For A Modern-day Sultan

Minji Lee

Every family business has a story, and that of Sekerci (confectioner) Cafer Erol starts in the Turkish province of Kastamonu. During the Ottoman times, the sons of the sultans were sent to different parts of the country to receive their education. Of course, their palates had to be satisfied in a princely manner. Sekerci Mehmet Dede, the original confectioner of the company, created a delicious mix of unique sweets by combining tastes and techniques from local Ottoman sweets, Armenian helva, and Greek jam.

The recipes were passed down in the family, which eventually opened a shop in Eminönü in 1807. In the years since, the family created candies, helva, and pastes for a working population at the heart of the city’s commercial district. Though the times changed drastically since the shop was opened, Sekerci Cafer Erol’s commitment to Ottoman-style sweets never faltered.

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