Halva, a dessert loved and consumed by everyone, from the ones living in a palace to the poors during the Ottoman Period, also kept being a popular food in Republic Period.
Prof. Dr. Ali Uras, born in 1923, tells that he would buy “100 halva, 100 bread”, which means he would buy halva and bread for the value of his money from the canteen and eat his fill everyday at the lunchtime as there wasn’t lunch service in their school at the time he went to the Kabataş Highschool. All of the students were used to have their lunch likewise. He says that it was like a delicious and filling sandwich to them.
Also, Aydın Boysan is among the ones who used to eat tahini halva and bread at school as his lunch in the famine years of II. World War. He tells those days in these words “halva would both fill us and give us pleasure”.
Actually, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that halva was the lunch for many who were a student in the years of II. World War. But in those years, halva was made of molasses instead of sugar as a result of the sugar shortage.
The importance of halva still continues today. Despite the fact that, it isn’t made for as many events as in the past, it is definitely handed out on some special days like birth, death, Islamic memorial ceremonies and the blessed nights. Nonetheless, in many houses the ready-made tahini halva is preferred instead of making halva.