Inghams Italy Advent- 23 dicembre
Tue Dec 2014
Torrone is a typical Italian Christmas confection. It is a nougat made with egg whites, honey, sugar, almonds and other nuts. A similar preparation was already known in Ancient Rome as cupedia. A variation of it, called turòn, is very popular in Spain and it has a higher amount of nuts in the recipe. This confection probably has Islamic origins, therefore it’s consumption had spread across Moorish Spain and other Mediterranean territory under Arab influence.
There are usually two types of torrone, one hard (duro) and one soft (morbido). Torrone is produced in several parts of Italy, notably in Benevento, Cremona, parts of Sardinia and Sicily. You can find torrone in many variations: with almond, pistachios, hazelnuts and with chocolate, vanilla or citrus flavours.
Italians love torrone especially at Christmas. You can also find it in bite size under the name of torroncino. This is the perfect treat to munch on while shopping on a Christmas holiday in Italy!