Soutzoukos: A Traditional Cypriot Sweet

Antonis Varnava

Soutzoukos is a traditional Cypriot sweet made from grape juice and almonds. It has a unique appearance, resembling a candle, and is a popular treat at traditional festivals.

The history of soutzoukos dates back centuries. It is believed to have originated in the Troodos Mountains, where the climate is ideal for grape cultivation. The first soutzoukos were made using the surplus of grapes after the grape harvest. The grapes were boiled down to produce a thick syrup, which was then mixed with flour and almonds. The mixture was then dipped onto strings and hung to dry.

Soutzoukos is made using a variety of different grapes, but the most common are the Xynisteri and Muscat grapes. The grapes are first crushed and then boiled down to produce a thick syrup. The syrup is then mixed with flour and almonds, and the mixture is dipped onto strings and hung to dry.

The drying process can take several days. During this time, the soutzoukos will shrink and harden. Once the soutzoukos is dry, it can be stored for months.

Soutzoukos is typically served in thin slices. It has a chewy texture and a sweet, nutty flavor. It is often enjoyed as a dessert or a snack. Soutzoukos can also be dipped in wine or zivania, a traditional Cypriot brandy.

Soutzoukos is a popular souvenir to bring back from Cyprus. It is a delicious and unique sweet that is sure to please everyone.

Here are some additional facts about soutzoukos:

  • The name “soutzoukos” comes from the Greek word “soutsouko”, which means “to suck”. This is because soutzoukos is traditionally sucked on like a lollipop.
  • Soutzoukos is often decorated with nuts, seeds, or spices.
  • In some parts of Cyprus, soutzoukos is made with walnuts instead of almonds.
  • Soutzoukos is a popular gift during the Christmas season.

If you are ever in Cyprus, be sure to try soutzoukos. It is a delicious and traditional sweet that you will not soon forget.

Back to blog