Nougat, apart from being present in all the Spanish houses at Christmas, it is also a part of our literary tradition,...
Nougat in literature
Nougat, apart from being present in all the Spanish houses at Christmas, it is also a part of our literary tradition, so, it is a part of our cuture, too. There is nothing more representative of a society than the way people live their festivities.
But nougat is not only for eating it, it is also for writing it. This Christmas sweet has also been the subject of literary and historical pieces.
We find references in painting, for example in this painting of the second half of the 17th century, which is part of the collection of the baroque painter Tomás Yepes.
In literature we highlight “Conduchos de Navidad”, a book written in 1584 and whose autor was none other than the head chef of Felipe II. As we can see, in the 16th century there already were references to the consumption of nougat at Christmas.
Another main mention of nougat appears in 1582. It was found in a document from the city of Alicante, which says:
" From immemorial time, in each year, it is accustomed to, at Christmas festivities, pay (...) their salaries, one part in money and the other part in a present, that one arroba of nougats is given to them (...)".
Furthermore, there is also a letter signed by Felipe II himself in 1595, in which he orders the cutback of nougat and fig bread prizes.
"I prohibit and command in my city [of Alicante] not to waste more than 50 pounds each year in nougat and fig bread for welcoming Christmas".
In the “Chronicle of the Very Illustrious, Noble and Loyal City of Alicante” written in the 17th century by dean Bendicho is said: Nougat, which is commonly said that in Alicante we only make it of honey and almonds, has pieces like white jaspers. Although we were already starting with the one with toasted yolk.
As expected, we find in a "Women's manual” of the 16th century, the first recipe about how to prepare nougat, which is stil preserved.
Now that you know the fact that nougat has been with Spanish people since immemorial time, is there a better tribute to this sweet, than to maintain the tradition of its consumption and enjoyment with the family? It's just that in Sabor a España, we prepare handmade nougats with 100% natural ingredients, with the same flavour as 100 years ago. Enjoy the huge variety of Christmas sweets visiting our online catalogue. But, of course, don´t take them all!