National Nougat Day 2023: We always support the underdog, and on March 26, National Nougat Day, we are rooting for this often-overlooked confection. Whether you prefer your treats to be soft, smooth, crunchy, airy, or a combination of these, the iconic nougat has you covered, family. The traditional delicacy is composed of egg whites, sweet honey, and roasted nuts. This version of white nougat is the most prevalent one available. Additionally, there are brown, black, and beige variants based on cultural distinctions. This confection has an intriguing past. You may have consumed a chocolate bar filled with nougat a hundred times, but did you know that the original intention of including nougat within a chocolate bar was to create the illusion of ice cream? That is really nice and sweet!
HISTORY OF NATIONAL NOUGAT DAY
The history of nougat includes illusionary effects and mystical travel. While it is currently enjoyed all over the globe, with each region contributing its own unique flavours, there are many disputes as to its exact origin.
Some historians assert that the first documented consumption of nougat occurred in the 10th century in the Middle East. Iraq, Syria, and Turkey possess a number of ancient manuscripts that attest to their existence. On the other hand, historians have discovered evidence that nougat existed in Rome during the first century. A chef invented the nougat recipe on the spot in honour of a newlywed couple, according to a second intriguing account of its origins.
As globalisation increased over the centuries, the humble nougat spread from the Middle East to Europe, and then to the rest of the world, where it gained popularity. Prior to becoming popular among the populace, nougat was considered a delicacy and was only consumed on special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, Christmas, etc. During World War II, it was rationed among soldiers to bolster their morale.
The word ‘nougat’ comes from the French dialect Occitan and means ‘nut bread’ or ‘nut cake.’ It is intriguing because it contains no bread-making ingredients other than eggs, and only egg whites at that. National Nougat Day holds a special position in the hearts of many people, and not just due to its delicious flavour.
NOUGAT DAY NATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Consume a nougat au-naturel
To fully appreciate a nougat’s splendour and flavour, it should be consumed without any additions. You will be able to savour its delicacy, which will be accompanied by legends.
Visit a nearby confectionery shop.
When the aromas of sugar, caramel, and nuts permeate the air, the inner child within us always shrieks with delight and enthusiasm. These stores, which are filled with visually and gustatorily appealing desserts, transport us back to our childhoods.
Sample different types of nougat
Why limit yourself to just one type of nougat when there are numerous others? After following our first recommendation, you are free to explore other nougat varieties. Our preferred nougat is the Italian Torrone or Turron, which is flavoured with honey or citrus fruits.
5 FACTS ABOUT EGG WHITES THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
Egg whites contain more nutrients than egg yolks.
Egg whites are 90 percent water and 10 percent protein, which is a stark contrast to the nutrition of egg yolks, which are loaded with lipids.
Egg whites are beneficial to health
Egg whites are the ultimate energy health weapons because they contain approximately 54 g of potassium, a crucial electrolyte for neuron, bone, and cell function.
Egg yolks are good for the heart.
Recent research indicates that consuming egg whites can reduce the likelihood of developing hypertension.
Egg yolks as a hair conditioner
Although there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, many traditional remedies indicate that egg whites promote hair growth and lustre.
Protect the future with egg shells.
Egg whites, which contain riboflavin (vitamin B12), can aid in the prevention of age-related diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
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