Halva (halawa, alva, haleweh, halava, helava, helva, halwa, halua, aluva, chalva) is any of various dense, sweet confections, served across South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Balkans, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Malta and the Jewish world. The Sanskrit term halva means a mixture, and its maker (confectioner/baker) is called a "Halwai". In global, popular usage it means "desserts" or "sweet", and describes two types of desserts: flour-based and nut-butter-based.


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