Candied chick peas (Kdaameh)

February 24, 2010  •  Category:

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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  1. diala says:

    yaaayyyyyyyyy, my favourite candiiiiiiiiii :))
    Miss Joumana, you rock!!! bisou

  2. 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.

    Warm regards,

  3. Erica says:

    That sounds interesting and delicious!!! Thank you for visiting my site!!! I love yours 🙂

  4. sweetlife says:

    wow chickpeas and candy..will have to try to find these. my mom would get a kick out of these..nice blog!!


  5. 5 Star Foodie says:

    How neat! I love the idea of candied chickpeas, such pretty colors! I can see how they would be addicting 🙂

  6. Louise says:

    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?

    I too enjoy your blog’s look and content. I wonder if you would mind my adding your link to my blog roll. I visit many, many blogs and just want to be sure to drop back more often. Thanks for sharing and thank you so much for visiting my blog:)

  7. spice says:

    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…..

  8. Christine @ Fresh Local and Best says:

    Wow! These are chickpeas? I would be popping them in my mouth too!

  9. Arlette says:

    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….

    • Joumana says:

      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?

  10. Sushma Mallya says:

    so beautiful,,never heard abt this one till now…would love to try it..

  11. PJ says:

    Wow they look sooo great!Loved the new look of your blog!!!

  12. souska says:

    Oh I love it

  13. Ivy says:

    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.

  14. 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 🙂

  15. Priya says:

    Wow that really new candy for me, looks fantastic..

  16. sugar plum fairy says:

    This is delight full and Joanne being ur sweetfren too, am inviting u here for her little party(its her birthday dear -i know that u know dear) which is a suprise party for her …do leave her a wish in the sprinkles ok… feeds arent working or updating ,so am trying my best to find all her pals to leave her a wish in the sprinkles before she gets there or even after….will ya help too to make it a little sucess….and leave her a wish too?

  17. Maninas says:

    Love the photos today. They have a certain dreamy quality.

  18. 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!

  19. Rosa says:

    They are so pretty! Very original…



  20. Juanita says:

    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 🙂

  21. Juanita says:

    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) 🙂

  22. Doria says:

    C’est très innovant pour moi !
    Très bon jeudi,

  23. SE says:

    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 !! 🙂

  24. tobias cooks! says:

    again I learned something. thanks a lot!

  25. Joanne says:

    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.

  26. Azita says:

    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!

  27. sabah says:

    Je ne connaissais pas avant, merci de me les avoir presentés.

  28. TastyTrix says:

    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.

  29. Faith says:

    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!

  30. rajani@eatwritethink says:

    i am seeing candied chickpeas for the fist time, ive eaten candied almonds similar to this one.

  31. 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.

  32. MaryMoh says:

    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

  33. Mona says:

    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.

  34. cmiranda says:

    What an intresting combination, who would of thought these two worked so well together.

  35. Sarah says:

    I love that and my mom too! She used to send me to the Lebanese/Syrian or Turkish shop to buy these.

  36. Janelle says:

    favourite candies ever growing up!!!!! my tita used to keep her house fully stocked with them and they were such a treat on weekends! 🙂

  37. Dana says:

    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! 🙂

  38. shuly says:

    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.

    • Joumana says:

      @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.

  39. Shuly says:

    Thanks for your prompt respond. I would love to fined out how to make them at home…

  40. Shuly says:

    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

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