This nougat recipe gives you the nicest bars that you can wrap and give as gifts. You can also play around by adding nuts other than hazel or by adding a handful of dried cranberries or orange peel. Be sure to use a heavy-duty blender as the mix gets rather thick and difficult to mix.

Nougat Recipe

Sticky delicious Nougat

Sweet nougat to enjoy with the family
4.16 from 46 votes
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert, Sweet
Cuisine South African
Servings 1 kg
Calories 3951 kcal


  • 1 cup hazel nuts coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 375 ml light corn syrup
  • 65 ml water
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 62,5 ml butter or margarine
  • 1 ml salt


  • Combine the corn syrup, sugar, salt and water in heavy-bottomed saucepan and simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  • Bring to boil and boil without stirring, until a small amount dropped in very cold water forms a hardball.
  • Beat the egg whites in a large mixing bowl until stiff but not dry, then little by little beat in ¼ of the corn syrup mixture and continue beating until the mixture holds its shape.
  • Boil the remaining syrup until the mixture reaches the hard-crack stage, then beat little by little into the first mixture.
  • Continue beating until the mixture begins to hold its shape.
  • Stir in the vanilla essence and the butter or margarine and beat until very thick and creamy.
  • Stir in the nuts and pour into a buttered square 200 mm pan, smoothing the top, and let stand until firm.
  • Turn out of the pan and cut into 2 cm pieces.


  • For the best flavour, store for several days in a cool place before serving.


Calories: 3951kcalCarbohydrates: 709gProtein: 30gFat: 133gSaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 462mgSodium: 1199mgPotassium: 937mgFiber: 12gSugar: 693gVitamin A: 2037IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 250mgIron: 7mg
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