A traditional and delightful Greek custom is the offering of spoon sweets to guests as a symbol of hospitality. They are called "spoon sweets" because normally their size is no bigger than the size of a large spoon.
Spoon sweets, mostly known as Glika tou Koutaliou (say: ghlee-KAH τοο koo-tahl-YOO) is a Cyprus traditional homemade fruit confectionery fruits stewed down with sugar to a desired consistency and available in a wide range of flavours. There are probably as many spoon sweets as there are fruits and vegetables. Walnuts, aubergines, oranges, lemons, grapes, cherries, even onions and garlic!
They are usually served with Greek coffee and a cold glass of water. They can also be used as ice cream toppings, or mixed with yogurt and even spread as jams over toast for breakfast.
The spoon sweet, a traditional, pure and noble culinary delight is very popular in Greek homes during the years 1900-1950. For every Greek housewife it was her duty to make with her own hands, once or more times a year, spoon sweets from the mouth-watering fruits that grew in the house's backyard.It was an honour to treat her guests with a spoon sweet that she declares as her own work.
After the 1950's when the housewives of Greece where forced to work outside the house, the preparation of spoon sweets was gradually abandoned at home. Now, Katerina Christoforou continues the tradition, offering the consumer pure products made with pride and care.The feedstock is checked carefully, while the boiling and the setting of the syrup are overlooked pedantically, with rules and great care.
Our company, starting from 2004, has a systematic preventive approach to food safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention, based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), ensuring that our sweets are made with the old ways for a modern consumer.
You too can bring tradition to your home by buying KATERINA sweets, which you can find in all known supermarkets in Cyprus, as well as in selected shops abroad.