Nougat — which first of all is pronounced new-get not new-gat — is traditionally an aerated blend of sugar, egg whites, and nuts and/or fruit. The homemade variety looks very different than the type you find in the middle of the candy bar. Turns out the "nougat" most of us are familiar with isn't really nougat at all — it's a processed mess of hydrolyzed proteins and corn syrup. The real stuff looks like a cross between fudge and fruit cake. And actually "nougat" is even derived from the French word
"nogat" "nux gatum" which means "nut cake."
Scratch-made nougat comes in a few varieties of colors (white and brown) and forms (hard and soft). The one on my plate was in made into an ice cream, and it was like melted divinity. My dessert stomach once again came through and took one for the team.
Curious to try it yourself? Adventures with Cooking has a great looking nougat recipe that you can follow to make some yourself.
Get the Recipe: Nougat with Pistachios and Dried Cranberries | Adventures with Cooking
Have you ever made homemade nougat?