Akanes is the traditional sweet of Serres. You wouldnt find it in any other area of our country or any other country. Optically, it looks like a small loukoumi. Its taste though makes the difference. What you realise from the very first moment is the taste of the fresh butter and the well cooked almond.

     Akanes Lailia of Serres is the sweet you will surely take with you before you leave.
     The history of akanes in Serres, starts from the years of Turkish domination, when beys were coming for summer holidays in Lailia of Serres. Its production was based on the technics of that period; they were boiling retselia and petimezia with water from the spring of Lailia, into big dixies. Thats why its name is Akanes Lailia of Serres

     As they say, the water of Lailias was fresh and light, and this was the most important ingredient that was giving taste to akanes.Petimezia (syrup) and retselia were replaced with juice of sugar-cane and niseste. Today, instead of sugar-cane, sugar is used.

     In the above mix (after its hardened), there was fresh butter added, and then iron seeds. Throughout its production there was always a slave mixing the mix  with a wooden dipper. When it was becoming cold, the thick mix was cut in small proportions and served as a desert.

     Today noone can say for sure were the name akanes came from. Its history was lost in the era of Turkish domination and with it there was lost the history of its name. There is no reliable etymology of the word.

     There is though a version that comes closer to the truth. The word akanes came from the Greek word anakatevo (to blend), because the mix needs long blending, and the word ne (yes), that slaves used to say.

     After the liberation of Greeks from the Bulgarians, in 1913, slaves became workmen and produced this sweet in the town. Today there are 4 companies making the traditional akane. It is the akanes Roubou, akanes Vasaki, akanes Nikolaidi, and akanes Boufidi. The basic ingredients of akanes today are; sugar, butter, amylum, corn amylum, and almonds.

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