According to the story, the word "lokum" came up from the another word "rahat ul-hulküm" in Ottoman language that meant "throat salving". Since 15 th century, it has been known in Anatolia but in the 17th century, it started to be known in Ottoman Empire completely.
It was also carried to the Europe whereby an English voyager in 18 th century and known as "Turkish Delight". In the beginning, it was produced from the combination of molasses or honey and flour. Afterwards, it has been produced by using refined sugar and starch.