Thursday, March 28, 2013

Return Of The Best Candy In Howard County

Pistachio nougat at Turkish Family Market
Pistachio nougat was one of my first HowChow finds, and it remains one of the easiest treats to grab at a Middle Eastern market.

My original source closed in Elkridge, but I found a new supplier at the newish Turkish Family Market just off Rte 40 in Ellicott City.

This is pure pistachio nougat.  Chewy rectangles of candy studded with bright green nuts.  You get sweetness and crunch.  It doesn't have the rose flavor from the Fard brand that I used to buy, and I have to say that I may like pure pistachio even better.  (And it's another chance for me to convince Wordbones, who didn't love.)

Seriously, this nougat is delicious.  Pieces come individually-wrapped, so it's a great little treat.  It's unique enough to be a hostess gift, especially if you transfer the candy into something nicer than a plastic clamshell.

The Turkish Family Market opened in 2011, but it's pretty new to me.  They have a butcher and a variety of fresh and canned goods similar to Nazar Produce Market in Columbia.

Turkish Family Market
8457 Baltimore National Pike (Rte 40)
Ellicott City, MD 21043

NEAR:  Turkish Family Market is just off Rte 40 east of Rte 29 a few doors down from the C&B Italian Delly.  The shopping center has some stores actually facing Rte 40, then some behind those. Turkish Family Market is in the back section. You actually need to turn south off Rte 40, then turn into the parking lot.


Persian Food Expert said...

This pistachio Nougat candy is called "Gaz" it's a Persian Candy. You can find it at any persian grocery store.

HowChow said...

Thanks, although I have found the nougat can really vary. The old Sizar's stocked the rose-flavored variety, and some other nougats have been either stale or just off-flavored. This box from Turkish Family Market was exceptional.

Rob said...

I go to this market for the ajvar (eggplant and pepper spread, great for sandwiches) and hot ketchup. Love the ajvar!

Anonymous said...

You can also get really good nougat with nuts at Pars Market, on Snowden River Pkwy in the little strip mall that houses Pho Dat Thanh. Very clean and nice place with exceptionally friendly proprietor. I think(?) the nougat is Iranian, a/k/a Persian.