Category: Nougat

Toasted Almond and Dried Cherry Nougat

My Nougat Mission

The Christmas season is upon us and that means one thing. It’s time for nougat.

“Nougat, you say?”

Yes, nougat.

In recent years, I’ve become enamored with this strange confection. There are several reasons why.

First, I just like the sound of the word. It’s subtle, with a sense of whimsy and humor associated with it. In fact, I’ve heard David Letterman claim nougat is one of the top-ten funniest words in the English language. After banana and monkey, of course.

Next, I find it interesting how many people have no clue what nougat is. When you ask someone “Would you like some nougat?” and all you get back is a confused look, you know there’s an information gap that needs filling. I’ve tried to fill that gap with my website “What Is Nougat?“.

Finally, for those that are familiar with nougat, most think it’s the filling inside a Snickers candy bar. Although I do enjoy Snickers occasionally for it’s claimed nougatocity, it’s chewy peanut filling isn’t really nougat. At least not in the traditional sense. When you experience REAL nougat, you’ll understand why. It’s just good.

A Season for Sharing

It’s for these reasons I’ve made it one of my missions in life to spread the nougat message. In fact, you might even call me an Evangelizing Nougatologist.

In this Christmas season’s spirit of sharing and bringing joy to others, I share my recent batch of Toasted Almond and Dried Cherry Nougat.

The recipe I used (courtesy of Emeril Lagasse) follows.

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For the love of nougat.

Maybe the word love is a bit strong, but I like nougat.  If it’s made right, I really enjoy the way this chewy sweet confection tastes.  I even like the way the word nougat sounds.  Say it fast or say it slow, it just sounds funny.   It’s a good word.  But what is nougat, really?  Funny you should ask.  Check out the site whatisnougat.com.

In the last year and a half, I’ve even made a couple of batches of nougat myself:

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I must say they didn’t turn out half bad.  One thing’s for sure.  Making nougat is both science and art.

So what got me thinking of nougat today?  A friend at work called me over and said, “Stop by when you can.  I’ve got something for you that is all YOU.”

When I walked over, here’s what he gave me:

Nougatocity

The definition of Nougatocity.  Found on the inside of a Snicker’s wrapper.

Awesome, huh?  Simply nougat.