Vintage Nougat

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
If you want to add a quick easy colorful candy to your recipe collection for the holiday, you're going to love our vintage recipe for nougat that dates back to the 1950s.

This nougat is quite different from my homemade authentic variation as it is made with white chocolate, mini marshmallows, and butter in around 5 minutes.

The original nougat was invented in the 15th century and made with egg whites whipped as we do with our recipe for Italian Torrone recipe.

This fast style nougat is very quick pillowy soft and fluffy.

Our candy can be made on the stovetop or there is a microwave version you can make as well.

Dots, gumdrops, or even jelly beans are folded into this melted nougat confection and make an absolutely stunning addition to any candy or cookie tray for the Christmas or even Easter season just by adding colorful themed candies.

No standing over a hot stove long this version is super fast and so easy and if you love quick easy confection do try our Chocolate Fudge, Amaretto White Fudge, and our Irish Cream Truffles all quick, easy family favorites.

This festive candy is perfect for gift giving and makes around 60 small cut-up pieces!

If you love making homemade food gifts, check out our list of free recipes for Food Gifts in Mason Jars we also offer gift tags and a free ebook download for great gift-giving ideas.

Candy lover's you may also like to try our nougat version for Quick Torrone, then make some Baked Caramel Corn or our favorite Slow Cooker Candied Nuts, recipes to add to your collection of recipes.

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


nougat in a holiday knome tin wrapped in see thru bags and ribbons





nougat cut up red and green dots inside


What Is Nougat?



This candy was always on our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holiday tables it's such a colorful addition to the candy assortment.


The sweet, creamy confection can range in texture from chewy to fluffy, and it is usually the star ingredient in many popular candy bars.

Nougat is a common component for the candy called  Italian torrone, also a type of nougat but contains nuts like almonds and pistachios with various flavoring this candy is often found at Christmastime.


The candy can also be easily changed in flavor just by adding some flavored extracts like anise, lemon, vanilla, or orange.


sliced nougat candy


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

  • marshmallows
  • white chocolate
  • "Dot" candy in red and green for holiday or for Birthdays add colorful gumdrops (original 1950s style) for Easter add jelly beans or for another version just use toasted nuts of any kind
  • cooking spray oil
  • butter
  • Optional: vanilla, lemon, or other extracts you prefer


melted marshmallows with white chocolate



Tools You Will Need


  • saucepan or a large deep glass bowl to fit in a microwave (I prefer to do this on the stovetop)
  • wooden spoons
  • spoon for stirring
  • food scissors to cut the nougat with
  • parchment paper 
  • cooking spray oil
  • large sharp knife
  • 13 x 9 pan or smaller for thicker nougat 12 x 9 sized brownie pan


this is marshmallows and white chocolate ready to be melted


Tips and Suggestions:


  • orange extract
  • anise extract
  • lemon extract
  • gumdrops
  • add green spearmint leaf candy and red cinnamon gumdrops for Christmas in place of dots
  • pistachios
  • macadamia nuts
  • almonds
  • spray the parchment paper with cooking oil lightly
  • use a sharp knife and cut long strips then use scissors to cut the nougat into bite-sized pieces
  • if melting in the microwave use a glass bowl and cook for 1-minute intervals until the marshmallows are melted and chocolate is melted, remove and fold in dots or gumdrops if making ahead this can be placed in the freezer, thawed then cut.
  • place in see-thru bags and tie with ribbons for gift-giving then add to a festive tin or box
  • keep nougat in an airtight container
  • use a fudge size pan and make them around 1 inch high if preferred a thicker nougat


packing nougat for Christmas in holiday tins with dot candy


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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Candy

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Candy


cut up red and white dot holiday nougat


Nougat Gift Giving Ideas

  1. add the color candy to match the party theme for birthdays
  2. wrap nougat in see-thru party bags
  3. add nougat to mason jars with pretty bows
  4. nougat is perfect for charity events
  5. add nougat to holiday boxes or festive tins
  6. tape the bags to the top of a gift or tin with an assortment of other candy 
  7. toasted nuts, coconut, and a variety of colorful candy can go into this nougat

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Easy Candy Making For Any Occasion



Nougat Candies taste like nostalgia and Christmas’ past from the 1950s when mom made them with gumdrops but the modern-day ingredient is now Dot candy or even soft gummy bears in colors to match the holiday theme.

They’re sweet, soft, chewy, fluffy and so delicious, and again so simple to make in no time.

Share the recipe with many friends by including it typed out along in a pretty tin (or in mason jars ) our candy recipe makes the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy folks.



Vintage Nougat

Vintage Nougat

Yield: 60 pieces cut up into cubes
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 3 MinCook time: 5 MinInactive time: 6 HourTotal time: 6 H & 8 M
Our quick style nougat is made with mini marshmallows, white chocolate, and colorful dot or gumdrop candy. Great for gift giving around the holiday.

Ingredients

  • 2- 10 ounce bags of mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 - 12- ounce bags of white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups of "Dot" candy in red and green for holiday or for Birthdays gumdrops (original 1950s style) for Easter jelly beans or for another version just use around 1 1/2 cups of toasted nuts of any kind
  • Note: The recipe can be cut in half and you can also use gumdrops instead of Dots if you can't find them.
  • Optional: add 2 teaspoons of any flavored extract to change the flavors IE orange, vanilla, anise, lemon, almond

Instructions

  1. Line and oil spray a sheet of parchment paper to fit a 13 x 9 cake pan. Set this aside.
  2. In a large saucepan melt the butter on medium heat.
  3. Add the marshmallows and white chocolate and stir continuously until smooth and melted.
  4. Remove from the stove.
  5. Fold in the Dot candy.
  6. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth with a spatula.
  7. Refrigerate overnight.
  8. Slice the candy with a sharp knife in rows then snip the long pieces with food-style scissors.
  9. You can store this in the freezer in a container if made way ahead of time.
  10. Add to see-thru bags, use a zip tie to close the bag, and tie with pretty ribbon curls.
  11. Perfect for holiday tins and gift-giving.
  12. See all Tips below in Notes

Notes:

Tips and Suggestions:


  • orange extract
  • anise extract
  • lemon extract
  • gumdrops
  • add green spearmint leaf candy and red cinnamon gumdrops for Christmas in place of dots
  • pistachios
  • macadamia nuts
  • almonds
  • spray the parchment paper with cooking oil lightly
  • use a sharp knife and cut long strips then use scissors to cut the nougat into bite-sized pieces
  • if melting in the microwave use a glass bowl and cook for 1-minute intervals until the marshmallows are melted and chocolate is melted, remove and fold in dots or gumdrops if making ahead this can be placed in the freezer, thawed then cut.
  • place in see-thru bags and tie with ribbons for gift-giving then add to a festive tin or box
  • keep nougat in an airtight container
  • use a fudge size pan and make them around 1 inch high if preferred a thicker nougat
  • Optional: add 2 teaspoons of any flavored extract to change the flavors IE orange, vanilla, anise, lemon, almond

Nougat Ideas

  1. add the color candy to match the party theme for birthdays
  2. wrap nougat in see-thru party bags
  3. add nougat to mason jars with pretty bows
  4. nougat is perfect for charity events
  5. add nougat to holiday boxes or festive tins
  6. add to the top of gift in ziplock baggies and a bow
  7. an assortment of nuts, coconut and candy can go into this recipe


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18 comments

  1. These are so colorful! I remember my Grandma served something similar, I bet my Mom would get a kick out of seeing this on the table!

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  2. This is such a wonderful Christmas gift idea. I'm saving this recipe. Thanks for the idea!

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  3. These are so delicious and so Christmasy. Make these this season, you will not regret it!

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  4. I love nougat but I've actually never made my own! I can't wait to check this recipe out- perfect for gifting!

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  5. You make nougat sound so easy to whip up! These are a fantastic gift idea - so pretty and colorful!

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  6. This is such a quick pillowy soft and fluffy.

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  7. Wow what a delightful treat. Just in time. I love these nougat candies.

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  8. The colours are so pretty and festive and I love all the different variations. Perfect gifts for the neighbours!

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  9. I had no idea nougat was this easy to make. It's a treat from my childhood that I can share with my grandkids.

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  10. Okay, you had me at easy. I love the idea of making this nougat and using it to fill stockings. I can't imagine a better treat on Christmas morning. Plus the addition of the candy just makes it so colorful and festive. It almost reminds me of Christmas lights.

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  11. So colorful! These will make a great addition to my annual cookie bake.

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  12. What a fun recipe! SO colorful and festive! :-)

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  13. What a colorful and fun seasonal recipe! I've never made nougat before but I can see why it's such a classic!

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  14. Oh yes yes yes! Nougat is such a nostalgic treat. I remember LOVING this as kid and now making my own is even better. Yum!

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  15. I made first batch last weekend. It turned out perfect. SO delicious.

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  16. I've never made holiday nougat! These sound delish and they look so festive.

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 565. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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