1. Çamlıca Soda
At one time Turkey made its own flavored soda waters. Out of the many, Çamlıca has stood the test of time as a favorite. We like it best in a single-serve textured clear bottle which is easily spotted at bakkals (corner stores) (In no particular order).
2. Mabel Umbrella Chocolates
When one sees the colorful shiny-wrapped umbrella- shaped milk chocolate treat, an immediate journey into childhood is forged. Once upon a time, school girls would daintily chew on the chocolates after buying them from the school canteen. Today many bakkals sell them or you can get them directly at the Mabel store.
3. Profiterol at Divan
One of the best profiterols in town and definitely one of the tastiest. Of course a trip to the Divan Patisserie is another kick to memory heaven.
4. Akide Candies
Şeker Bayramı would not be without a paper coneful of these delightfully shaped treats. A glass container full of these puts us back in time and we usually get them at Heritia, Ali Muhiddin Hacı Bekir, Lokum Istanbul, or Üç Yıldız Şekerlemecisi.
5. Rebul Cologne
Everytime we smell lemon or lavender cologne, we instantly think of our relatives in Istanbul. Without fail when we bring Rebul to them, they say, “Ah! You shouldn’t have!” but we secretly know we’ve given them a memory trip redolent with sweetness. Luckily it’s easily found at pharmacies, Macrocenters and at Atlier Rebul store in Zorlu Center shopping mall.
6. Bebak Almond Lotion
The locally produced bitter almond lotion is not only good for one’s skin, but it smells fantastic and rubs into the skin even better than St. Ives. Plus, it’s much cheaper than most imports and can be found at pharmacies.
7. Vişne Liqueur
Another stand-out at Şeker Bayramı and family visits, adult guests would be offered a taste of state or home produced vişne (sour cherry) liquor by the lady of the house. Hare, a company which also makes mint liqueur, makes an excellent rose liqueur in a distinct, squat bottle which can be found at local liquor stores.
Taken from the January-February issue.