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March 26th is National Nougat Day
you're looking for something to do today then brush all your other
sweets aside because it's National Nougat Day! That's right;
neglecting your nougat! Let's get right into celebrating
WHY IS THIS A
Well, most people actually enjoy the taste of nougat
realizing it because it's packed into candy bars with a lot of other
flavorful sweets. But without the nougat in the candy bar things would
taste a lot differently so today is a day to focus on a sweet that
doesn't always get recognition. Don't believe me? Well, when
think of a Snickers bar what do you think of? Chocolate, peanuts and
caramel, right? Are you forgetting something? That's right... it has
peanut nougat in it! See, we overlook it.
The word nougat comes
from the Occitan word "pan nogat" which means nutbread. And that does
make a lot of sense when you look at the ingredients. The Italians call
it torrone, the Greeks call it mandolato and plenty of you call it yum,
but there are three kinds of nougat. There's a white kind
first popped up in Italy in the early 15th century that's made from egg
whites and honey. There's a brown kind that doesn't have egg whites
which is firmer and sometimes crunchy. And there's a kind that's made
from pretty much chocolate and nut praline. But all kinds nougat
contain some kind of sweet as well as nuts. So if you're
as to what nougat tastes like on its own then grab a solid bar of
nougat and give it a chomp!
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you can go pick up your
favorite candy bar that has nougat in it if you like. You already know
you like it but maybe you can pay more attention to the nougat today.
In fact, take a look at all the candy bars you're use to seeing and
count how many of them have nougat in them. You might be surprised by
how many of them are nougat-filled.
Or you could go for a
straight up nougat bar and see what texture and flavor nougat has been
adding to all your candy bars. There are a bunch of different companies
that make these so don't think you'll be limited on variety.
can get the soft kind, hard kind or some of them are even covered in
chocolate. And if you're feeling a little more creative today
then why not try and make your own nougat? Look up some recipes online
and see if there's any way you can modify their recipes to make it your
own. Maybe swap out the honey for molasses or maple syrup or swap out
the sugar for brown sugar. And I wonder what would happen if you used
the egg yolks instead of egg whites? Plus you could even try
making nougat will all different types of nuts; get crazy with it!
I hope you enjoy your day and never neglect nougat again!