per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 60.5 g
Proteins 12.5 g
Fats 21.5 g
Water 3.7 g
Fiber 4.5 grams
Ash 1.8 grams


469 Calories per 100g

, it’s history, and how to make it

What is Halva?

Halva is a traditional Middle Eastern and East European confectionery made from tahini (ground sesame paste), sugar, and sometimes other ingredients ranging from fruit and other nuts and seeds. It is one of the most popular sweet treats in many countries throughout the region and is eaten as a dessert or snack. The flavor and texture can vary depending on what type of Halva is being made and what ingredients are used. It can range in something similar to fudge, to shortbread-like cookie, to a cake-like consistency and can be either savory or sweet.

The History of Halva

Halva has a long and varied history, with most sources claiming that it originated in the Middle East or North Africa and is a descendant of a type of sweet confectionery that goes back as far as the 8th century. In fact, the name "Halva" itself is derived from the Arabic word “?alv?” meaning "sweet." Its popularity in the west can be attributed to Jewish immigrants who brought it with them when they came over from countries such as Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon, among others.

Traditional Halva is made with tahini, sugar, and sometimes other ingredients such as honey, cocoa, fruits, pistachios, and/or nuts. The mixture is cooked to a dough-like consistency and then cut into pieces or shapes and decorated with other toppings. It may also be spread out on a tray and cut into shapes like bars.

Halva has always been a popular snack with both adults and children, and is often served in Middle Eastern countries as part of a dessert platter. It is especially popular during religious holidays and festivals. Historically, halvah was given out to friends as a token of hospitality, to celebrate births and marriages, or as a gift to treat guests.

How to Make Halva

Making halva is a relatively simple process, and depending on the type of Halva you're making, there can be quite a few variations in ingredients. For example, some people will use condensed milk instead of tahini for a smoother, lighter-textured Halva. However, the basic steps for making this delicious treat are as follows:

1. Combine your tahini (ground sesame paste), water, and sugar in a pot on the stove over medium-low heat. Stir the mixture constantly until it becomes thick and creamy, about 10 minutes.

2. Add any supplementary mix-ins such as cocoa powder, nuts, dried fruits, or spices and stir until everything is fully incorporated.

3. Once the mixture is thick and well-incorporated, remove it from the heat and spread it on a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

4. Allow the mixture to cool and set in the fridge for 45 minutes before cutting it into pieces and serving.

5. Top with sesame seeds, nuts, dried fruits, or any other topping of your choice.

That’s it! Halva is ready to be served and enjoyed. It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks and can also be frozen for up to two months.


Halva is a traditional Middle Eastern and East European treat that has been enjoyed for centuries. It's made with tahini, sugar, and other mix-ins and is easy to make at home. It's a tasty snack or dessert that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike, and it's perfect for festivals, holidays, and special occasions. Give it a try and see why so many people enjoy this classic sweet treat!