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One of Isfahan's most famous pastries is Poolaki. It is also known as a special souvenir in Isfahan. Apart from Isfahan province, other provinces that are similar in terms of climatic conditions are also produce this pastry but of course not as good as Isfahan.

In fact, Poolaki is a type of candy that, because of its shape similarity to coins, has long been known as Poolaki candy. Poolaki means coins in Persian. But over time, the term has become shorter and has become known just as Poolaki. Using Poolaki has less side effects than sugar cubes and is not harmful to the health of the teeth. Although it is better if this pastry is not chewed and just let it melt in your mouth.

Poolaki has many different types. With different flavors and colors that people choose according to their taste. It is usually used with tea and is believed to be less damaging to the teeth (if not chewed) and less harmful to the body due to less sweetness.

Scientifically point of view of Poolaki

The sugar is heated to 160° C to become a cooked material which is produced under sheet pressure under the above-mentioned temperature. Which makes it crisp. A cooked mixture of constituents, prepared under conditions of ambient pressure at a temperature near the melting point (160 ° C), it is produced in solid form. The melting point of sugar is 186° C.

Types of Poolaki Includes simple (casual) and flavored Poolaki with a variety of nuts and essences or fruits.

Simple (casual) Poolaki is made from a mixture of cooked ingredients. We will tell you the list of ingredients in the following sentences.

Mixed Poolaki is a mixture of cooked raw materials and one of the ingredients (including: coconut powder, pistachio nuts, barberry, almonds, chopped lemon zest, saffron and vanilla) in accordance with the minimum percentage specified in this standard.

Flavored Poolaki is a blend of cooked ingredients together with authorized edible flavors.

Other types of Poolaki can also be produced in addition to the ingredients mentioned in the definition of nuts with other nuts, fruits or flavoring substances, such as the taste of a variety of fruits.

Poolaki ingredients list 

The main ingredients include: sugar, water and organic acids, and optional ingredients include: saffron, lemon powder, vanilla, and edible flavors.

Poolaki is one of the things that you can find in any old house in Isfahan or even in luxury hotel in Isfahan.

Poolaki is one of the traditional, special and of course famous Isfahan sweets that has a worldwide reputation today. The consumption of Poolaki instead of sugar cubes is an old-fashioned tradition of tea that is less commonly seen in other cities in the country, and it may be souvenirs if traveled from Isfahan.


Maybe it is better to talk about the word Poolaki. A relative trait derived from the word money (pul-in persian) means "small amount of money or coins" a type of confectionery that is made with candy, juice, and sugar. It is in the candy category and it is produced in thin, round or oval pieces.

Poolaki from yesterday to today

It has been called the Poolaki because of its coin-like appearance, and its title has undergone some changes from the past to the present. In the past, for example, this kind of Isfahan sweet called AbnabatPoolaki and you could see them in luxury traditional houses in Isfahan at first, however, today this traditional pastry is called Poolaki and you can see it in any house accommodation in Iran.

Mahmoud Rezaei is one of Isfahan's Poolaki Producers. He about this traditional snack says: In Esfahan Poolaki is used instead of sugar and sugar cubes. In many countries where Isfahanians travel, this pastry is consumed. Because they love it and take some with themselves if they are to travel or even go on a trip to stay in a boutique hotel in Iran.

This Isfahan citizen continues: There are a few things to consider about using Poolaki besides tea instead of sugar, first that Poolaki has less sugar than sugar cubes, so it's a healthier option, second, if you don't chew Poolaki it has less harm to teeth than sugar cubes.

Rezai also says about the different qualities of this traditional pastry: The Poolaki is made by using different flavors, today there are all kinds of them with different tastes in the market and this has made this pastry special for different tastes. According to this Poolaki maker, varieties of these sweets such as coconut, lemon, saffron, sesame, pistachio, ginger, cocoa, mint etc. are available in Isfahan’s market.


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