Friday, May 27, 2005

Butter Peanut Nougat

Name: Milk Nougat
Brand: The Foodstuffs Factory of the Jinji Restaurant
Place Purchased: Chinatown
Price: $1.69
Size: 16 oz
Calories per ounce: 120
Type: Nougat (Nut)

Nougat is tough stuff to define. Some nougat is light and fluffy, others are crackly, sticky toffee-like candy. This is the latter. The little bricks are hard and crack when you smack them on the corner of a table. You can easily bite off a third of it and after it gets warm in your mouth is has a nice give for chewing.

Think of the nougat chips that you have in a Toblerone bar ... these are like that only with a very strong butter flavor instead of honey and peanuts.

I like the consistency and fresh flavor. The Milk Nougats are also wrapped in that fantabulous edible rice cellophane. However, after chewing them down to the last little bit, a very strong and artificial butter flavor erupts. Like the that artificially flavored butter you get in bad movie theater popcorn. It doesn’t go well with the delicate vanilla of the nougat or the hearty peanuts.

I’m a huge nougat fan, I love the stuff from Italy (torrones) and the French nougats (both soft and hard) and was a bit disappointed with the unpleasant butter taste to these. Alas, that’s affected my rating. I’ll give other Chinese nougats a try if I run across the, as everything else, including the packaging and tiny bite size of these is excellent. Also, the price can’t be beat. European nougats are often over $5 a pound.

Rating: 5 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:21 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChewsNougatPeanuts5-PleasantChina

Comments
  1. I like the thought of breaking them on your table and imagine an office desk would work just fine, too!

    I love those melting cellophane things…they intrigued me as a kid, but I haven’t thought of them in years.

    Too bad about the buttery finale.

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. your blog is so cute. love the pictures an descriptions so so much. i’m looking, also, for a blog devoted to all things chocolate. haven’t found one yet…if you know of any, please divulge!

    Comment by araalexis@gmail.com on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    I don’t know of a “pure chocolate” blog but I did find this website where a fellow really knows his stuff about chocolate and has a very detailed graph of all the upscale chocolates he’s tried:

    http://www.mrkland.com/fun/xocoatl/barlist.htm

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Hey! Love your blog, we just opened up shop selling Australian nougat, it’s pretty much like French nougat, and ran across your review.

    We would love it if you give our Nougat a try and let us know your honest opinion.

    What I can say for sure is that stuff above won’t compare at all.  It’s a little pricier but it’s worth it. wink

    Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get you some samples.

    NougatUSA.com

    Comment by NougatUSA on 5/17/06 at 8:29 pm #

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