I had always associated Nougat with the Middle East because I would often buy it from the street stalls when I lived there. I had never really thought about its origins and that it was a European Mediterranean treat. It’s origins are said to be French and Italian depending on the type with a darker German variety as well.
I have always enjoyed the white Nougat that is soft and chewy rather than the harder varieties – and that is what is mostly available here in New Zealand. Essentially it is made from sugar or honey, egg whites and a variety of nuts or candied fruit.
After reading more about it I would love to try the darker varieties when I take my next trip to Europe.