It’s no secret that the holidays are a sweet time of year, and nothing encapsulates the festive spirit quite like a slice of creamy, sugary gumdrop nougat. Whether you’ve tried it before or you’re curious to experience this classic Christmas candy-making tradition, there’s no denying that nougat candy is an indulgence that you won’t want to miss. In this article, we’ll explore what makes this sweet treat so special, from its history to the simple no-bake recipe that you can whip up. Learn why nougat has been around for centuries, why it’s a popular candy in wintertime, and how to make your own mouthwatering gumdrop nougat at home. Let’s take a bite into the history and deliciousness of this festive treat!
If you have a sweet tooth, you might enjoy these other recipes. Chocolate twist bread, no-bake peanut butter pie, or pink lemonade bars.
Do you ever have a treat you eat that reminds you of childhood? This nougat candy is just that. Give this easy recipe a try, for any occasion.
How to Make
Step 1: Start by adding your butter, marshmallows, and chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. You want to melt the mixture until everything is fully melted.
Step 2: Then you will stir in your gum drops or dots candy, stir and then pour into the pan as directed. The full directions for this recipe are in the printable recipe card below.
How Long Does It Take This Candy To Set Up
I refrigerate this nougat in the fridge overnight. You want the gumdrop nougat to firm up a bit. Or if you go to cut it, the mixture will be too soft and not hold its shape.
If you want to speed up the setting up you can place in the freezer for a short while. But, in general, it is best to plan to make this a day in advance of when you plan to serve it up.
Tips For Cutting Candy Nougat
The one thing I found when cutting candy nougat is having a really sharp knife is helpful. You will want to make sure it is nice and sharp so when you slice into the gumdrops it gives you that clean cut. Otherwise, you might find your knife gets stuck and can kind of mess up the look of the candy.
Can I Use Milk Chocolate In Replace Of White Chocolate
Absolutely! If you are wanting a chocolate swap in this recipe, go right ahead. I love the white chocolate but milk chocolate or even semi-sweet chocolate would be an awesome pairing.
Just use the same amounts of chocolate whether you use white or milk chocolate.
How to Store
Get your pieces sliced, smaller sized slices is best. This is a pretty sweet candy. Then you can place in an airtight container. If you go to stack put parchment or wax paper in between the layers so they don’t stick together.
If you don’t do that, you will find your nougat all sticks together. I then store it in the fridge, or place in the freezer if you want to store it for a longer period of time!
You can let the candy warm up to room temperature before eating if you don’t want to eat it cold from the fridge.
Does This Recipe Double
Go right ahead and double this nougat gumdrop recipe if you need. Just grab an extra pan or larger pan for it to set up in. Then slice and serve as you normally would!
I have done this when we are having guests over for events or the holidays. This is one of the first candies to disappear!
Nougat candy is a festive and colorful candy that is very popular around Christmas time. Gumdrop nougat is sweet, creamy, and so addictive. I bet you can’t eat just once slice of this sweet no-bake candy.
- 2 TBSP Butter
- 16 OZ Bag of Mini Marshmallows
- 18 OZ White Chocolate Chips
- 2 Cups Dots or Gumdrops
- In a large bowl, pour in your chocolate chips. Add the mini marshmallows & the butter.
- Place bowl in the microwave. Microwave 90 seconds. Remove the bowl and stir to help combine the ingredients. Place back in the microwave and microwave in 15 second increments, stirring after each time. You do not want to over microwave, use a spatula to help mix the chocolate & marshmallows to reach a smooth consistency.
- Add in the dots or gumdrops. Use a spatula to combine.
- Pour into a 9 X 13 baking dish lined with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 0gSugar: 39gProtein: 2g
Can you individually wrap the candy and store at room temperature? Thinking of doing this for a cookie exchange and not everyone will put in fridge when the get home.
Yes! that will be fine. You can store at room temperature either individually wrapped or in an air tight container at room temperature. 🙂
Omg! Just by looking at them give me a flashback, when I was a little girl, my mom and I used to eat some candies that looked just like this one’s, buy never new the name/recipe and I haven’t seen them since 20+ years ago… I’m so excited, need to try this recipe and find out if this are the ones I used to love!!!
I hope you love them. I will be making another batch today. I Am hooked on them.
I just made these tonight ☺they turned out great!
They are great ! My go to for Christmas
@Sharon Bartlett, do they taste like Brachs nougats?
Just wondering if you can use the candies that you would put in fruitcake?
My best guess would be yes, they should work fine
@Sue, No it is total different