Last Updated: Dec 28, 2022 @ 2:01 pm.

What's the best nougat? We tried this sweet treat from 11 different brands in a blind taste—yes, we have a tough job. Which is the best gift idea? The best flavor variety? Here are the ones that topped our tests.

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Finding the Best Nougat: A Bit of History . . . And Our Taste Tests!

Let’s talk nougat!

This sweet Mediterranean speciality is a delightful mix of chewy meringue paste mixed with nuts and honey—and sometimes fruit or peppermint. 

The history of this treat is believed to lie with the Moorish invaders and the sweet halva that is so popular across northern Africa and Arabia.

In Spain, nougat is a traditional holiday candy and comes in two varieties: Alicante has lots of whole almonds and is rather hard, while Jijona is soft and chewy with almonds made into a paste, with a dash of oil. 

Either way, this sweet treat has three basic ingredients: egg whites, honey and almonds.

To find the best nougat, we did a blind taste test with several famous brands. Yes, there are some days we do love our job. 

Why a blind taste test? That way we aren’t influenced by fancy packaging—but we do consider the box presentation when we look for the best gift ideas. 

Here is the best nougat:

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Best Gift Idea

Made in Italy
The beautiful box here is only outdone by the incredibly light nougat studded with almonds—and even the rice paper wrapping is edible. So delicious.
$10.99 ($1.44 / Ounce)

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Best Flavor Variety

Gluten free
The lemon flavor here was a favorite, but the vanilla was a close second. Nice packaging would make a smart gift.
$19.99 ($1.31 / Ounce)

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Best Fruit Flavors

Very tasty and soft
Unlike other nougat with almonds, this treat featured tasty gumdrops—a throwback to a childhood delight.
$9.69 ($1.62 / Ounce)

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Best Peppermint

Festive color stripes
Chewy and soft, we love the mix of peppermint and vanilla flavors here. Perfect for those who like nougat without nuts.

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About the Authors

Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

The Fields have been featured and quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

As consumer products experts, the Fields have been guests on the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s 20/20.

How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses).

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We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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