Cremona's Nougat & Goodies

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The Nougat
Nougat is a term used to describe a variety of similar traditional confectioneries made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios or hazelnuts are common), and sometimes chopped candied fruit. The consistency of nougat can range from chewy to hard depending on its composition, and it is used in a variety of candy bars and chocolates.
There are two basic kinds of nougat: white and brown. White nougat (which appeared in Montélimar, France, in the 18th century) is made with beaten egg whites and is soft, whereas brown nougat (called nougatine in French) is made with caramelized sugar and has a firmer, often crunchy texture.
Distribution and popularity
In southern Europe, where it is likely to have originated, nougat is largely associated with the Christmas season.
It is also enjoyed in Australasia and the Far East, where it is sold as a gourmet confection. Golden Boronia, Mondo Nougat, and Flying Swan are the most widely known manufacturers in Australasia specializing in the production of European style nougat all year round as opposed to the many European manufacturers which treat the product as a seasonal specialty. The popularity of nougat in Australasia has primarily been driven by the Australian Manufacturers as well as some imported varieties from South Africa and Europe.
Turron, a candy related to the traditional French nougat, is produced in Spain (turrón, or, in Catalan, torró), in CREMONA, Taurianova and Sicily in Italy, (where it is called torrone, though the most famous Sicilian nougat is called “cubbaita”), Greece (where it is known as “mandorlato”), Malta (where it is known as “qubbajd” and sold in village festivals).

The “nougat” used as an ingredient in many modern candy bars in the United States and United Kingdom is different from traditional recipes, being a mixture of sucrose and corn syrup aerated with a whipping agent such as egg white or hydrolyzed soya protein or gelatine. It may also have vegetable fats and milk powder added, and is typically combined with nuts (usually peanuts), caramel or chocolate. In contrast, some American confections feature such “nougat” as the primary component, rather than one of several. Three Musketeers, Milky Way, Mars, Snickers, Salted Nut Rolls, Reese’s Fast Break, Reese’s Whipps and Baby Ruth all use different types of the confection.


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