Quick Torrone Candy

Friday, December 18, 2020
Torrone is an Italian candy we usually make the homemade version around Christmas time, this is a quick version.

This nougat is quite different from my homemade authentic variation that would take much longer so in a pinch this is terrific and super easy.

Using a microwave, white chocolate, and some marshmallows is the start of this delicious candy confection.

You will need just a few more ingredients to get this candy treat on your holiday table.

I love making easy candy you may like my Chocolate Fudge, Amaretto White Fudge and our Irish Cream Truffles are quick and easy family favorites.

If you want a more authentic recipe then try my original Torrone recipe which requires lots of time and a candy thermometer.

This easy fast candy is perfect for gift giving for anyone who loves nougat and with the wafer or rice paper on top keeps it fresh inside for the days to come. Check out my other gift ideas in mason jars here Mason Jar!

If you're a candy lover you may also love Baked Caramel Corn, Slow Cooker Candied Nuts, recipes.

Scroll down to my printable recipe card below to get this easy torrone candy recipe.

this is torrone candy made in the microwave with roasted almonds in a nougat and wafer paper

Italian Candy

This candy although a quick version was always on our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday tables if you would like one made from scratch with egg white that is Old Fashioned Italian Torrone.

As a child growing up in an all-Italian family, we often found this candy in our stockings on Christmas morning.

This candy is a nougat style with the paper that is edible on the outside with a hint of honey and flavored with extracts like vanilla, orange, or lemon, which were the most common.

this torrone on a plate for christmas it has roasted almonds in a nougat style confection

Ingredients You Will Need For Torrone(scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements

  • marshmallows
  • white chocolate
  • almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts or other nuts you prefer
  • vanilla, lemon, or other extracts you prefer
  • cooking spray oil
  • wafer paper or rice paper
  • honey
  • for nuts allergies use pumpkin seeds

this is a collage on how to make nougat

Tools You Will Need

  • large deep glass bowls to fit in a microwave
  • wooden spoons
  • spoon for stirring
  • wafer paper
  • food scissors to cut this with
  • small fudge sized pans
  • 4 cup sized measuring cup
  • pastry brush

these are two fudge pans with torrone nougat candy made in a microwave in tins

Additional Suggestions:

  • orange extract
  • anise extract
  • lemon extract
  • pistachios
  • macadamia nuts
  • almonds

this is marshmallows and white chocolate ready to be melted in a glass bowl in the microwave for Torrone candy making

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Candy

this is torrone in a fudge pan with rice paper on top

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this is a pin for later nougat candy called torrone

A Few Tips

  1. Do not over microwave these ingredients, the nougat should be pliable 
  2. brush the wafer (or rice paper) paper with  melted honey before placing and spreading the nougat in the pan
  3. measure exact amounts of ingredients
  4. keep nougat in an airtight container
  5. use a fudge size pan and make them around 1 inch high
  6. for more than one flavor divide the nougat into two bowls prepare a bowl with equal amounts of extract and nuts ( usually use 1 teaspoon of extract and make lemon and vanilla flavors
  7. this can  be melted on the stovetop
  8. I like to press toasted almonds or pistachios on top if someone doesn't like the nuts or have allergies they can pick them off easily
  9. Wrap in snack bags to keep them fresh tie with ribbons then store in tins or glass jar for gift-giving

Quick Torrone Candy

Quick Torrone Candy

Yield: 30
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 10 Min
This is an Italian copycat version of Torrone. A quick easy candy made in minutes! This candy is usually found at Christmas time in many Italian households.


  • 1 -10 ounce bag of marshmallows
  • 2 cups of a good grade white chocolate
  • 2 cups roasted nuts (pistachios, almonds, macadamia nuts all are common choices)
  • 2 teaspoons extract of choice vanilla, lemon, orange
  • Note: (you can divide this nougat into two bowls with half the nuts but use 1 teaspoon of flavoring of choice in each bowl)
  • 1/4 cup honey warmed for 5 second
  • wafer paper(found online or in candy shops which are preferred) however you can use also use rice paper
  • Fudge sized pans sprayed with cooking oil you will 2


  1. Prepare the fudge pans spraying with cooking oil.
  2. Lay down the wafer paper in the pans and brush with honey set aside.
  3. In a large glass microwaveable bowl add the chocolate and marshmallows.
  4. Microwave 1 minute and stir.
  5. Microwave another minute and stir.
  6. Microwave the third time and add the nuts and flavoring.
  7. Note: if using two flavors set half the nuts and flavoring into 2 different bowls and knead half this nougat into each bowl after the 3 minutes of microwaving and stirring.
  8. Push the nougat into prepared pans with your fingers to spread onto the wafer paper.
  9. Brush the top of the nougat with more honey and then add a second sheet of the wafer (or rice paper whatever you're using) on top and press it down.
  10. Let cool completely then I place this on a cutting board and cut with scissors.
  11. Store in an airtight container.

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Try Our Old Fashioned Torrone Below:

Authentic Torrone Recipe

these are four pieces of homemade torrone candy on a plate


  1. Homemade torrone? wow...never thought of making them myself. Thumbs up for you, Claudia.

  2. This Italian candy sounds fantastic and so easy to make. Definitely trying this out.

  3. These look amazing and I’m sure they smell and taste that way! I want to make them for Christmas gifts to place in the baskets. Thank yoiu!!!!!!

  4. A naturally gluten free treat and it is made in the microwave. Seriously, what could be better than this! I am going to try the irish cream truffles next.

  5. I love this candy! I always go to an Italian bakery in Philly that has it but now I should make my own!

  6. I've never heard of this before but they sound so delish!! Can't wait to make them!

  7. This sounds like a wonderful addition to our holiday goodies this weekend. Love that it's so easy to make.

  8. Similar candy can be found in Spain. Never tried making it myself but it looks simple enough!

  9. I've never made Torrone candy so the quick version is definitely for me. I have all of the ingredients and this candy will be perfect for the food gifts that I'm making!

  10. You just unlocked a childhood memory! My papa immigrated from Italy and became an award winning chef in the Boston area. He would always serve these around the holidays, and I could never get enough! Chewy, sweet, and so delicious!

  11. I'm making an Italian Christmas dinner this year. Now I know what I'll be serving for dessert. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  12. Looks so good. I know my family will love this!

  13. A very special treat for us! Hope you had a great Christmas and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,516. We hope to see you back here again soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. I've never had Torrone candy before but this recipe looks absolutely delicious! I'll definitely have to keep this in mind when it comes time to start making treats for the holidays.

  15. What a delicious candy! I can't wait to make it for my friends!

  16. Homemade candy sounds delicious. Would be great as a holiday gift!

  17. I never knew I could make this on my own! What a fabulous recipe.

  18. I first had these in Italy a couple of years ago. I am so glad to know I don't have to travel miles away to taste this delicious candy again. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  19. This candy reminds me so much of the treats my Italian grandmother would make at Christmas! I definitely need to try this recipe!

  20. I've never had this before but it looks and sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing this!

  21. I definitely need to try this torrone, so easy and I love white chocolate

  22. This Candy sounds Amazing and so easy to make. Will surely try this out this weekend

  23. These are really amazing treats! Thanks for the recipe!


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