Monday, January 11, 2010

El Almendro Turron Selection

El Almendro Turron SelectionI love variety, in fact I crave it. I was excited to find this selection of three different kinds turron (torrone) in this box from El Almendro. It includes Turron Duro, Turron Caramelo and Turron Crocanti.

Each piece is about one ounce (there are seven so I got three of the Duro) and individually wrapped. In fact the package was wrapped a lot. The box was wrapped in cellophane. There tray inside was wrapped in cellophane and each of the pieces is wrapped in cellophane. They’re very fresh.

The most remarkable thing about all three varieties is that they’re mostly almonds. Each lists the ingredients as 60% almonds.

Almond Turron

Turron Duro is a light and crunchy turron. This version is common in both Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. El Almendro is Spanish and the best thing about it, of course, is that in Spanish you trill the double r ... it’s like extra exercise for your mouth, so you work off more calories.

The finger is three inches long and one inch wide, so it’s a nice bar-like portion. The white nougat is crispy and filled with nuts and has the scent of marshmallow, almonds and honey.

If you’ve always wanted more of those little nougat bits in a Toblerone, this is the stuff. They’re tacky but mostly crunchy, only mildly sweet with oodles of almonds. The honey notes are prominent but never quite dominate because there are just so many nuts. My favorite of the three,

Almond Turron

The Turron Crocanti variation has a transparent amber version of the turron instead of the milky white stuff. Here the caramlelized sugar flavors win out over the honey. There’s no egg white in it, so it’s more of an almond brittle. It’s also a little more bitter as candy part is quite dark and burnt tasting (in the best way possible).

Almond and Sesame Turron

The Turron Caramelo was a little confusing to me at first. Every time I looked at it, I though ... oh, it’s a fig turron! And then I’d eat it and it’d be a sesame turron.

The candy looks like something I’d get in a dish at a Chinese restaurant. It smells quite dark and toasted, like sesame oil. Sesame isn’t always a good pick for me. I enjoy Sesame Snaps (those sesame finger cracker things) and Sesame Brittle (those little fingers wrapped in cellophane and sold at health food stores) and of course I’m a nut for Halvah. But sesame has a dark side - a side that reminds me of burnt hair and flaming plastics. The bars were extra hard and crunchy, which was a little disturbing as I’m worried sometimes that I’ll break my teeth on candy I’m reviewing and then where will I be!

The flavor is actually quite pleasant after I smashed the bar around inside the package when I had my second one. The sesame overshadows any honey or almond and definitely ventures into the bitter burnt notes. This was my least favorite.

I’m glad I got a variety that confirms how much I prefer the version that has egg whites in it. Now I just need to find a package that has them in these perfect sized fingers. Often the Spanish turrons come in dinner plate sized wheels, which means messy smacking & breaking.

It’s pretty wholesome and filling stuff, at only 110 calories per stick and the fact that it’s mostly almonds and all natural might make some parents pretty happy.

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Name: Turron Selection: Duro, Crocanti & Caramelo
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: El Almendro
Place Purchased: The Candy Store (San Francisco)
Price: I can't remember
Size: 7.05 ounces
Calories per ounce: 110
Categories: Nuts, Nougat, Spain, All Natural

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  1. Oh this reminds me of Spain! That first one is one of my favourite types of candy ever.

    Comment by Richard @ The Bewildered Brit on 1/11/10 at 3:38 pm #
  2. “But sesame has a dark side - a side that reminds me of burnt hair and flaming plastics.”

    lol!  Wait, WHAT???

    Comment by Elise on 1/11/10 at 4:25 pm #
  3. Burning hair and plastic.

    I didn’t laugh at that the way Elise apparently did.  That took me to a dark place for a second.  I don’t go to that Chinese restaurant anymore.

    Comment by Dave on 1/12/10 at 12:41 am #
  4. Its not Christmas until I find some turron out there for my dad.  A couple years back, the Wegman’s had small bags of little El Almendro individually wrapped original flavor turron.  They had a soft version as well as a hard. 

    Needless to say, I picked up 2 bags of each and by the end of the season, there were none left.  Haven’t seen them since.  :(

    Comment by qbubbles on 1/12/10 at 1:31 am #
  5. Turron, torrone, nougat—however you spell it I love it. This is the candy I seek out in every new place we visit in Europe.

    Comment by Bill on 1/12/10 at 3:34 am #
  6. None of the paste stuff?  I’ve been recently introduced to turron by my husband’s Cuban family.  The Duro is my favorite (the first one), but we’ve only had that and the paste kind (like fudge kind of?  Only really just almond paste?), which I forget what it’s called.

    Comment by Kathy on 1/12/10 at 6:38 am #
  7. This candy looks so simple and good—love those big almonds.  I’m now scheming to make torron duro at home if I can find a recipe.

    Comment by JJR on 1/12/10 at 5:52 pm #
  8. The two classic varieties of turr?n here in Spain are duro or de Alicante (almond, sugar honey and egg whites) and blando or de Jijona (same ingredients, but in a paste). The names mean simply “hard” and “soft”, by the way. The alternate names (Alicante and Jijona) are the towns were they were first made.

    Very popular also: turr?n de yema (elaborated with egg yolk and almonds)and pan de C?diz (marzipan and sugared fruits).

    But you can find now very different “turrones”: tiramisu, coconut, white chocolat… They are not officialy turron, but carry the name all the same. The most popular is the chocolat turrron. Kids love it (not me!)

    Comment by Rosa on 1/13/10 at 1:58 am #
  9. Oh my god. I was just eating the Turron Duro. It’s amazing! Too bad it’s so expensive, but totally worth it. I can eat 200g of it every single day. I shouldn’t, but still. It’s so good. I want to try the El Almendro Marzipan. Yumm.

    Comment by Irina on 4/07/10 at 4:48 pm #
  10. A friend of mine who just arrived from a 2 weeks Baltic Cruse 2010 gave me and my BF some gifts and boy am i happy to see one of “El Almendro” Turron Duro!!! Love this Almendros’.  The Best!!!  now my problem is on how and where can i buy more of this Turron here in California.  Can some body help me with this….love it!

    Comment by alfonso sabile soresca jr on 8/20/10 at 6:47 pm #
  11. The “Spanish Table” in Berkeley,CA do offers amazing treats and goodies that you can only find it at their store.  One of them is my favorite Turron Duro and Turron Caramelo from Spain.  I just can’t have enough of this yummy bar. Go visit the store and treat your self a bar!!!
    And they do have wonderful selections of Fine wines too.

    Comment by sorescajr,alfonso on 6/15/11 at 7:30 pm #
  12. Hi, I’m a student and i’m presenting the package of this product in a mini project, can you tell me, aside of the cellophane wrapping, of which material is the tray inside made of ? is it a polypropylene or something like this ? and I suppose that the external box is made of carton ? that will be very helpfull for me :D. Thanks in advance

    Comment by Adel on 1/04/12 at 4:25 am #
  13. You can purchase El Almendro Turron Selection (which includes almond crunch, almond caramel with sesame seeds and almond crocanti) at ‘Cost Plus World Market’ during the Christmas holiday season for $6.99.

    Comment by Kelly Cunningham-Loya on 11/21/12 at 11:20 pm #
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