Halva Kingdom was founded in 1947 by the grandfather of the current shop owner, Eli Maman. After the expulsion of Jews from the Old City of Jerusalem, the family moved the shop to Mahane Yehuda Market. The recipe of the famous halva is from Morocco and it is hand-made with traditional methods from organic sesame seeds imported from Ethiopia. The sesame is ground with a millstone and processed under stringent conditions to preserve its quality and nutritional value. Over many years, Halva Kingdom has become one of the pillars of Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem thanks to a range of more than 60 types of halva that can be sampled on the premises. Tahini the is also manufactured in the shop in front of the customers from sesame seeds using a traditional millstone, under the brand name King of Tahini.