Candied chick peas (Kdaameh)
February 24, 2010 • Category: Dessert
My neighbor Mary was over and (like everybody else these days) is on a Weight Watchers diet. I introduced her to these candied chick peas or kdaameh which she kept popping in her mouth; she could not believe she was eating chick peas and a candy at the same time. We used to eat those all the time as kids, we’d buy them from street vendors. I was elated to find them at the middle-eastern store near my house.
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yaaayyyyyyyyy, my favourite candiiiiiiiiii :))
Miss Joumana, you rock!!! bisou
On February 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm
Skip to Malou says:
Your site looks very crisp! love the fresh look. I will be visiting you regularly. I’m interested to learn Beirut cuisine.
On February 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm
That sounds interesting and delicious!!! Thank you for visiting my site!!! I love yours 🙂
On February 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm
wow chickpeas and candy..will have to try to find these. my mom would get a kick out of these..nice blog!!
On February 24, 2010 at 8:40 pm
5 Star Foodie says:
How neat! I love the idea of candied chickpeas, such pretty colors! I can see how they would be addicting 🙂
On February 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm
I’m intrigued by the notion of Candy Chick Peas, Joumana. When I was very young we gathered chick peas from a huge sack and the grocer measured them out much like candy shops. The kind we had were in their raw state and very hard to eat but they sure were good. I can just imagine what they would be like candy coated. Have you ever seen a recipe for them?
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On February 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm
totally new to me….but they are looking so cute, like tiny easter eggs, colors are also so nice….will look in my international store…..
On February 24, 2010 at 9:31 pm
Christine @ Fresh Local and Best says:
Wow! These are chickpeas? I would be popping them in my mouth too!
On February 24, 2010 at 10:29 pm
My favourite are the salted ones… still hard though… not like the one we buy from Rifai or Halabi…by the way, the old Halabi father was our neighbour, in Mazraat, and he used to do all the roasting by hand on the ” babour el kaz” if you still remember that…and when the boys took over they opened and expanded….
On February 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm
I love the ones from Hamasni. I like the salted ones so much sometimes I eat them as a meal! I was wondering if anybody was still roasting them by hand, also, maybe in the villages or in Syria?
On February 24, 2010 at 10:39 pm
Sushma Mallya says:
so beautiful,,never heard abt this one till now…would love to try it..
On February 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm
Wow they look sooo great!Loved the new look of your blog!!!
On February 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm
Oh I love it
On February 24, 2010 at 11:31 pm
Wow, wow, wow Joumana. They make (or used to make) these in Cyprus as we call them koudames. They used to sell them mostly at panygiria (fairs) and I completely forgot about them until now. I never tried to get any during my trips to Cyprus as I wasn’t really fond of them but I am really happy that you posted this.
On February 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm
Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says:
I’m so fascinated by these! We’ve got candied almonds that are like this but not chickpeas. I’m going to seek these out now 🙂
On February 25, 2010 at 1:17 am
Wow that really new candy for me, looks fantastic..
On February 25, 2010 at 2:31 am
sugar plum fairy says:
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On February 25, 2010 at 3:53 am
Love the photos today. They have a certain dreamy quality.
On February 25, 2010 at 3:58 am
Rachana Kothari says:
I love the new look of your blog!!! Its very refreshing! and these candied chickpeas look so cute and am sure would taste great too!
On February 25, 2010 at 4:06 am
They are so pretty! Very original…
On February 25, 2010 at 4:36 am
I would never in a million year have put sweet & chickpeas together! My fave way to munch chickpeas is with olive oil, lemon juice, feta cheese and black pepper – savoury all the way 🙂
On February 25, 2010 at 5:01 am
Oh dear – just realised that came out sounding critical. What I meant to say was: I would never in a million years have THOUGHT of putting sweetness & chickpeas together (as in – that is a strange and interesting combination) 🙂
On February 25, 2010 at 5:04 am
C’est très innovant pour moi !
Très bon jeudi,
On February 25, 2010 at 9:18 am
Hey Joumana, site looks great…candied peas is very new, may be i should search for them at ME stores…growing up, we used to have spicy peas from street vendors !! 🙂
On February 25, 2010 at 9:29 am
tobias cooks! says:
again I learned something. thanks a lot!
On February 25, 2010 at 10:36 am
Whoa I have never seen anything like this before! They look so tasty. I am definitely going to have to try to find some here.
On February 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm
I love the new and fresh look if your site. it’s warm and inviting and these candied chick peas look so cute and so delicious!
On February 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Je ne connaissais pas avant, merci de me les avoir presentés.
On February 25, 2010 at 2:18 pm
Wow, I love how the site looks! So clean and nice. Also – I love chickpea anything, so I am now on a mission to find these.
On February 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm
I am so intrigued by these lovely little candies! My husband (who grew up in Syria) told me that as a kid he would buy ground dried chickpeas mixed with sugar for a snack. The way he described it, I was never all that interested in tasting it. This on the other hand looks incredible!
On February 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm
i am seeing candied chickpeas for the fist time, ive eaten candied almonds similar to this one.
On February 26, 2010 at 1:19 am
Kate at Serendipity says:
Oh, my. I’ve never seen candied chick peas. Sort of like Jordan Almonds, but with chick peas instead. What a great idea! I’ll have to start looking for these.
On February 26, 2010 at 2:33 am
My first time to see such pretty little candies with chickpea filling. I just wonder whether I can stop munching them once I start…LOL
On February 27, 2010 at 1:11 am
When I was in Jeddah-Saudi Arab, I absolutely loved candied almonds, just like these. They used to be yumm. I wish there was a recipe to make a home-made candied nut or such chickpeas.
On February 28, 2010 at 1:02 am
What an intresting combination, who would of thought these two worked so well together.
On March 7, 2010 at 12:58 am
I love that and my mom too! She used to send me to the Lebanese/Syrian or Turkish shop to buy these.
On March 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm
favourite candies ever growing up!!!!! my tita used to keep her house fully stocked with them and they were such a treat on weekends! 🙂
On May 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm
YAAY!! I got so giddy when I saw this post of foodgawker!! I love these and miss them so much! Thank you for making me smile today! 🙂
On May 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm
OMG I used to eat it as a child!!! That was a treat it’s been over 25 years since I ate it! I would love to know how to make it!! does anyone knows??? thanks in advance.
On June 1, 2015 at 10:07 am
@shuly: I have never met anyone who makes it at home. It was one of those treats that we always the domain of professional candy makers. It would be a fun project though, with some chickpea flour and powdered sugar! Another treat that was sold in the olden days was called na’oomeh and it was sweetened chickpea flour in a paper cone. I published a post on this a while back.
On June 2, 2015 at 4:36 am
Thanks for your prompt respond. I would love to fined out how to make them at home…
On June 4, 2015 at 6:01 pm
On June 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm
If you will find a recipe for it I will be the first one to make them… I have been looking for a recipe for it since last week and with no luck.
Thanks in advance Joumana
On June 4, 2015 at 6:03 pm