hal·​vah | \ häl-ˈvä How to pronounce halvah (audio) ; ˈhäl-(ˌ)vä, -və\
variants: or halva

Definition of halvah

: a flaky confection of crushed sesame seeds in a base of syrup (as of honey)

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After lunch, wander down to Kalei Coffee Co. to chill in their shaded courtyard with a big slice of chocolate-and-halvah pie, the local sweet made from tahini. John Gregory-smith, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Lebanon, Let Food Be Your Guide," 16 Oct. 2018 The feuilles that called to me was made with sesame and halvah. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "A New Pastry Layers Tastes of France and Syria," 3 Apr. 2018 Hebel and Gurvin nudge the slab of halvah into shape. Amelia Saltsman, latimes.com, "The addictive joy of the sesame confection halvah, made in Los Angeles," 16 Mar. 2018 But the appearance of tahini shortbread cookies, tahini brownies, and halvah sundaes at restaurants helped boost tahini out of the hummus bowl and into the pastry case. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Swirled Sesame Tea Cake," 26 Mar. 2018 Moist, fudgy and complex, thanks to date syrup, teff flour and halvah (sesame-paste candy). Kara Elder, Washington Post, "Put your cast-iron skillet to work for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert," 19 Feb. 2018 Countertops were laden with halvah, a sesame seed candy I hadn’t seen in years, and dreidels, little tops with Hebrew letters that children play with on Hanukkah. Ron Grossman, chicagotribune.com, "Want to feast? Identify life’s missing ingredients," 26 Dec. 2017 Scatter crumbled halvah into bottoms of tart shells. Bon Appetit, "Black-and-White Sesame Tarts," 19 Sep. 2017 Restaurants Endomela: Jeremias’s ice cream shop in Akko, up the street from his restaurant, Uri Buri, is a showcase for flavors native to Israel—including cardamom, rose water, and halvah. Saki Knafo, Smithsonian, "A Culinary Renaissance in the Israeli Countryside," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of halvah

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halvah

Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helva, from Arabic ḥalwā sweetmeat

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