Nougat is a confection that’s made with either honey or sugar, some type of roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes includes the addition of chopped candied fruits. It’s believed that it originated somewhere in Central Asia or Persia and recipes for it go back to Mid-Eastern books dating back to the 10th century.
It’s still a confection that’s enjoyed around the world, and in some parts of southern Europe, it’s featured prominently in Christmas meals. It’s also a confection that has earned its own holiday-a holiday that’s known as National Nougat Day and is observed annually on the 26th of March.
Sweet And Nutty Facts About Nougat
Below is a small sample of the facts that we’ve learned about nougat over the course of our holiday research. We think that everyone is going to find the following facts quite interesting-we know that we did.
- Nougat comes from the Latin word “Panis Nucatus.” This word means “nut bread.”
- White nougat is made with honey and beaten egg whites.
- Brown nougat is made without egg whites.
- German nougat contains pralines and chocolate.
- American nougat used by candy bar manufacturers is a softer, more whipped nougat.
- Torrone is a white nougat enjoyed as a Christmas dessert in Italy and Spain.
Observing National Nougat Day
Before you can observe National Nougat Day, you’re going to want to figure out whether you want to celebrate this holiday with white nougat, brown nougat, or German nougat.
Or maybe you prefer the American nougat that can be found in popular candy bars such as Milk Way, 3 Musketeers, Snickers, Baby Ruth, Charleston Chew, Zero Bars, or Goo Goo Clusters. While you’re enjoying your preferred form of nougat, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalNougatDay to let everyone know what type of nougat you like the best.
When is National Nougat Day?
|This year (2022)||March 26 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||March 26 (Sunday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||March 26 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|