National Nougat Day is an American holiday dedicated to nougat. It is a sweet and very tasty dessert made with sugar, honey, and toasted nuts (except peanuts, which are not commonly used for dessert). The holiday is celebrated annually on March 26.
The story behind National Nougat Day is unknown. It was probably invented by people who really liked nougat, and they decided to make it even more popular by dedicating one day a year to the sweet dessert!
Researchers believe that nougat began to be produced in the Middle East in the 10th century AD. Syriac, Turkish and other manuscripts that have survived from those times confirm the existence of this dessert. Some claim that nougat was made in the 1st century AD. The story also has romantic overtones, as legend has it that it was made by a cook right during the wedding!
Gradually nougat became popularized in Europe. It was originally considered a delicacy, but then it became available to the masses. It is known that certain portions of nougat were given to soldiers during WWII to boost morale.
- The main component of nougat is considered to be nuts. Most often used almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts. This confirms the origin of the name of the dessert. “Nux” is Latin for “nut.
- The Torrone wedding cake, made in the shape of a tower, is made using nougat. It acts as a binder and gives high confectionery composition stability.
- Nougat is one of the main ingredients for candy bars. The most prominent example is Snickers.
How to celebrate
Buy ready-made nougat to enjoy its amazing flavor. You can prepare a dessert with your own hands, surprising family and friends with your culinary skills. Recipes can easily be found on the Internet.
Tell us about National Nougat Day on social media. Ask users if they like nougat. What kind of variety do they prefer?
When is National Nougat Day in 2024?
National Nougat Day is observed on March 26 each year.