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Istanbul Ataturk Airport, International Terminal, Departures, after Passport Control, in front of the Old Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Turkish ice cream is stickier and chewier than its Western counterpart—it stretches. You can’t get it anywhere but Turkey. The secret ingredient is salep, the ground tubers of wild orchids. Sold from a cart and twirled on long-handled paddles, this is a completely authentic Turkish ice cream experience: even the most discerning Turks give it two thumbs up. One flavor fits all—usually vanilla or chocolate.

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The Authentic Turkish Ice Cream Guy

Turkish ice cream is stickier and chewier than its Western counterpart—it stretches. You can’t get it anywhere but Turkey. The secret ingredient is salep, the ground tubers of wild orchids. Sold from a cart and twirled on long-handled paddles, this is a completely authentic Turkish ice cream experience: even the most discerning Turks give it two thumbs up. One flavor fits all—usually vanilla or chocolate.