Taste of Georgia: Churchkhela Recipe

Dish recipes: Churchkhela
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Explore the sweet delights of Georgia with Churchkhela, a traditional Georgian candy that's as visually stunning as it is delicious. Known as the Georgian "snickers," Churchkhela is made from nuts dipped in thickened grape juice and dried, creating a unique and irresistible treat that's perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.


2 cups walnuts or almonds

2 cups grape juice

1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)


Thread the walnuts or almonds onto a string or skewer, creating a long strand of nuts. In a saucepan, heat the grape juice over medium heat until it thickens slightly, about 15-20 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and optional ground cinnamon and ground cloves. Dip the threaded nuts into the thickened grape juice, ensuring they are fully coated. Roll the coated nuts in the flour mixture until evenly covered. Hang the coated nuts in a cool, dry place to dry for at least 3-4 days, or until firm and dry to the touch. Once dried, carefully remove the string or skewer from the Churchkhela.


Slice the Churchkhela into individual portions and serve as a sweet snack or dessert. Enjoy this unique Georgian delicacy with a cup of tea or coffee, or share it with friends and family as a special treat during celebrations and gatherings.

Churchkhela is not just a candy it's a symbol of Georgian culture and tradition, cherished for generations as a beloved sweet indulgence. With its combination of nuts and grape juice, Churchkhela offers a taste of Georgia's rich culinary heritage in every bite.