Visit any village home in Cyprus and you’ll no doubt find a jar full of delicious syrup filled with the so-called ‘spoon sweets.’ One of the best known sweet treats in the country, they are essentially bite-sized nuts, fruits and vegetables preserved in thick syrup and later flavoured with various spices. Cypriots are so enthusiastic about the process that they often use ingredients that may otherwise have been thrown away, like orange peel or watermelon rind. Cherries, bergamots, apricots and grapefruits are also popular, and walnut is an all-time favourite. Always looking to guide our readers towards unusual spots, here are three great places to tuck into spoon sweets, straight from the source!
1. Nikis Traditional Sweets, Agros
With a real talent for making excellent traditional sweets, Niki Agathokleous opened up her own small business in the late 1980s in the beautiful mountain village of Agros. The move was a great success and today,
Nikis Traditional Sweets makes over 60 products, particularly known for its spoon sweets. And while you can find them in supermarkets, taking a trip to the cool village of Agros provides an altogether different experience where you can enjoy a tour of the factory grounds and familiarize yourselves with how the sweets are made. The tour includes a tasting and there are jars for sale aplenty!
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Where? 5 Triantafilou St, Agros. Tel: (+357) 25- 521717
2. Katerina Cyprus Sweets, Doros
Another homemaker turned traditional sweet manufacturer, Katerina left Australia and returned to her homeland of Cyprus in the early 1980s to live with her grandmother, who taught her the tricks of the trade. Katerina showed a real knack for the process and soon begun to make sweets for local supermarkets, eventually expanding to become one of the most recognizable brands in the industry.
Katerina Cyprus Sweets factory is located in the mountain village of Doros and is great for anyone interested in a genuine traditional experience. Enjoy your sweets while watching how they are made in an area designed for viewing or simply enjoy a swig of coffee and a bite of sweetness under the shade of vines in the outdoor area. Gift shops are also located on the premises; take a goodie bag back home with you and share the experience with friends and family.
Where? Doros village, Limassol district. Tel: (+357) 25 -432000
3. Spoon Sweets Festival, Kakopetria
The spoon sweets made in the bucolic village of Kakopetria are so loved that the passionate locals decided to host the first-ever Spoon Sweets Festival last year, which turned out to be a huge success. And the great news is that the festival will come life again this year on September 30th, and visitors will have the chance to taste a whopping 49 different flavours of spoon sweets. This could quite possibly be a culinary adventure of a lifetime…enjoy!
Where and when? September 30th. Kakopetria village, Troodos district.