Who out there has tried Turrón before? Well hey, this blog’s all about it! And if you haven’t, don’t worry. There’s still all the time in the world to get your hands on some, so you too can enjoy this Spanish Christmas tradition.
Turrón is enjoyed mainly in Spain and many Latin & South American countries. It’s a type of nougat candy and is eaten as a sweet treat or dessert. We’re in!
Turrón goes back to the 15th Century and was first made in a town called Jijona in the Alicante province of Spain. The landscape around Jijona is what led to the making of Turrón. The local nature means their bees make an abundance of wonderful honey and the almonds are grown all around in orchards. These are the two main ingredients needed for Turrón, along with egg whites.
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The mixture this creates can then be moulded into a traditional tablet, or a round cake shape. Though there are hundreds of versions and interpretations of Turrón, the main two categories fall into hard and soft Turrón.
In the hard version, the Alicante variety, the almonds are kept whole in a compact block and it sets rock hard, like a brittle.
In the soft, the Jijona variety, the almonds are blended to a paste and oil is added to make it more sticky and chewy.
Other variations can come with chocolate, pralines, candied fruit and to be honest, whatever you feel like adding to give it your own personal stamp! Just what we like to hear.
You can make your own Turrón, but it’s important to remember that quality is important for it to be authentic. If Turrón is sold, it can only be labelled with an official stamp (called the Denomenacion de Origen), if the hard version contains more than 60% almonds and the soft contains more than 64%! They’re very picky. So watch out if you’re shopping about for your own.
The bottom line is, the more almonds, the better the quality.
Turrón is simply delicious and most apt for those who loves nuts and have an incredibly sweet tooth! Be warned, you could crack your teeth on the hard version. It doesn’t necessarily have to be enjoyed at Christmas, and we’d say the best way to serve it is with an after dinner coffee or a cheeky liqueur.
Where Can I Get Some?
If you’re not visiting Spain any time soon, there are many Spanish online retailers that ship abroad. Remember, if you’re looking for the real experience, take note of our advice and look for the ‘Denomenacion de Origen’.
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