Akanes is a traditional sweet of Serres. Their appearance resembles loukoumi, but they have a unique, strong flavor due to the fact that they contain butter from sheep and goat’s milk. For this reason, they are heavier and thicker than ordinary loukoumi.
The basic ingredients of the legendary akanes are water, niseste, sugar, fresh goat or buffalo butter, and a delightful filling of roasted almonds.
The history of akanes begins in the era of Turkish rule when the Beys took their summer holidays in Lailia close to Serres. It is said that since the waters of Lailia, one of their basic ingredients, is light and very refreshing, the akanes are wonderfully flavorful.