Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Flamigni Torrone

Flamigni TorroneThere comes a time in every candy blogger’s career where she has to admit something tough, something that perhaps she never wanted to say out loud to anyone before. But you, dear readers, deserve to know.

I’m a nougat freak.

I love turrons, torrones, French nougat, Italian, Spanish, South African, Australian ... it doesn’t matter. I just love the stuff. I’m a nut for it. And while my sense of adventure is sometimes muted by my pocketbook, it seems that never matters when I’m presented with nougat ... especially when I see the word HONEY on the ingredients.


At Bristol Farms over the weekend I spent a good ten minutes staring at everything in the candy aisle. The place has a very nicely provisioned candy aisle ... a full selection of Green & Black bars, Cafe Tasse, Jo’s comfort confections, Jelly Belly by the pound, Scharffen Berger and of course a healthy assortment of imported consumer goodies like Aero and Violet Crumble. There tucked between some pastilles and Panda licorice bars was this solitary representative in the nougat family: Flamigni Torrone Morbido con Mandorle e Pistacchi.

The green paper wrapper has an inner foil wrapper and it felt nice and soft ... just the way I like it. (Okay, I like it hard and crisp, too.)

That’s the good stuff, all the way from Italy. The ingredients? Almonds (30%), Pistachios (13%), honey, glucose syrup, sugar, candied orange and citron peels, egg yolks, flavors and wafers.

Sounds good, and the egg yolks instead of egg whites colored me intrigued as did the citrus peels.

The bar was attractive unwrapped with the high percentage of nuts readily apparent.

The scent was only slightly of citrus and mostly of sugar with slight caramel notes and a little pistachio and vanilla thrown in. On the tongue though the honey flavor come out (not like the Nutpatch Nougat of course).  Then come the zesty lemon peels and soft crunchy pistachios. It’s a riot of soft and mellow flavors and satisfying textures.

As long as you go into the bar realizing that it’s all about the subtle flavors and not about heavy honey or citrus, I think you’ll be pleased.

It’s definitely a bar I could indulge in every time I go to Bristol Farms (which is about five times a year, so certainly within the range of my pocketbook). I didn’t find much in the way of sources online, but Daprano has some other Flamigni nougats on their site.

Related Candies

  1. Nutpatch Nougats
  2. Valerie Toffees & Nougats
  3. Nougat de Montelimar
  4. Trader Joe’s Torrones
Name: Flamigni Torrone
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Flamigni
Place Purchased: Bristol Farms (Pasadena)
Price: $2.49
Size: 50 grams
Calories per ounce: unknown
Categories: Nougat, Nuts, Italy

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:44 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Yum! I’m right there with you on the nougat love. I’d suggest starting a 12 step program, but who’d want to get over this obsession? I have yet to have tried Valerie’s nougat, but if it is anything like their toffee I’ll probably have to take out a loan to sustain my addiction.

    Comment by Kate on 7/17/07 at 7:56 am #
  2. As someone who shares nougat as my all-time favourite candy, and a Greek, I had to let you know we too have a version of this famous confection.

    Greek nougat is most famous from the small island Syros, and is traditionally made from egg whites, pistachio, and honey from thyme which is abundant on the island. It’s very delicious and comes either in flat disks lined with sweet rice paper or chunks as is common in other countries. smile

    If my little sisters bring me nougat back from their holiday, I will send some your way!

    Comment by Maria on 7/17/07 at 5:31 pm #
  3. i’m also a nougat freak although i don’t buy nougat, i make my own one:

    Comment by avital on 7/18/07 at 3:09 am #
  4. My Italian relatives introduced me to torrone and I damn them all to ... erm ... but not before they pass yet another piece, please.

    Amazing stuff; so addictive.


    Comment by almost vegetarian on 7/18/07 at 6:33 am #
  5. hmm… looks like sand with some rocks and stuff…

    Comment by Alyssa on 7/18/07 at 6:33 am #
  6. We don’t know each other, but I’m stuck in a little town in the middle of nowhere… and I so wish we were friends so I could beg you to send me nougats!  The last several you’ve reviewed have left me practically licking my computer monitor <sheepish grin>.

    Comment by Beth on 7/18/07 at 11:16 am #
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