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The Frozen Nougat
Nougat is a variety of similar traditional confectioneries made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, and recently macadamia nuts are common, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit. The consistency of nougat can range from soft and chewy to hard and crunchy depending on its composition, and it is used in a variety of candy bars and chocolates.
How the Nougat Originated
The word nougat comes from Occitan pan nogat from nux gatum, which means nut cake. The first, and most common, is white nougat and frozen nougat which appeared in Cremona, Italy in the early 15th century and later in Montélimar, France, in the 18th century which is made with beaten egg whites and honey. The second is brown nougat (referred to as "mandorlato" in Italy and nougatine in French which is made without egg whites and has a firmer, often crunchy texture. The third is the Viennese or German nougat which is essentially a chocolate and nut usually hazelnut praline.
How Nougat is Traditionally Made in Different Countries
Nougat is traditionally made in imitation of the southern European varieties and is still commonly found at fairgrounds and the seaside. The most common industrially produced type is coloured pink and white, the pink often fruit flavoured, and sometimes wrapped in edible rice paper with almonds and cherries, sometimes substituted for peanuts, or omitted altogether.
Nougat is also enjoyed in Australasia and the Far East, where it is sold as a gourmet confection. Golden Boronia, Mondo Nougat, Margaret River Nougat Company 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.
In southern Europe, where it is likely to have originated, nougat is largely associated with the Christmas season. Turron, a candy related to the traditional French nougat, is produced in Spain (turrón, or, in Catalan, torró) and some neighboring parts of France, inCremona, Taurianova and Sicily in Italy (where it is called torrone, or Cupeta from Latin Cupedia the most famous Sicilian nougat is called cubbaita