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Nougat – Turrón – Christmas is Coming

Nougat is a sweet dough obtained by cooking honey to which peeled and toasted almonds are incorporated. This paste is subsequently kneaded and is traditionally given a final shape of rectangular tablet or cake.

Most scholars locate the origin of the nougat in the Arabian Peninsula; this theory is based on the treatise “De medicinis et cibis semplicibus” of the eleventh century, written by an Arab doctor, in which the turun is spoken. The Arabs brought this dessert to the coasts of the Mediterranean, in particular to Spain and Italy. The Spanish version of the nougat was born in the province of Alicante around the fifteenth century because in the time of Charles V it was already a famous sweet.

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