Turrón is a well-known Spanish nougat treat that is typically enjoyed during the Christmas season in Spain.
It is kind of the equivalent of eating fudge to people from the United States. If you want to be able to enjoy your turrón all year round or need to store it to bring with you to see family for the holidays, you may wonder just how easy these sweet treats are to store.
Depending on whether you make your own turrón or purchase it will make the storing rules a little different. Manufactures may add preservatives to the turrón, so, if purchased, it is best to follow the rules on the package. Homemade can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
For homemade Turrón prepared with all-natural ingredients, here are some of the do’s and don’ts for storing it correctly. These tips will make your dessert last the longest while preserving just the right texture and taste.
Can You Freeze Turrón?
Don’t – You made a large batch of turrón and are not sure what to do with it all. Sorry to say that freezing turrón, as well as any type of nougat candy, is never recommended. Freezing the sweet nougat treat can change its texture. Moisture, and any humidity for that matter, is not turróns’ friend. And speaking of friends, its best to share the overabundance with your friends/family before that fabulous batch of turrón spoils in about two weeks.
Can You Put Turrón in the Fridge?
Don’t – Seeing that you can’t freeze your turrón, you may wonder about popping it into the fridge to extend the life of it. Although it seems to go against everything you’ve been taught about needing to keep anything made with raw eggs in the fridge, this is a definite no. Unfortunately, just like the freezer, storing your homemade turrón in the fridge will create an extremely high humidity environment causing the texture to become softer, sticky, and gooey. In other words, the exact opposite of the soft or brittle Turrón you love.
Do I Store Turrón on the Countertop?
Do – Storing turrón in an airtight container in a cool and dry place is the recommended storing technique.
Make sure to keep it away from any direct sunlight or areas high in humidity. It will remain fresh for up to two weeks for your snacking needs.
Should You Wrap Turrón?
Do – Wrap turrón in cellophane wrap or rice paper as it can become sticky rather quickly and could get stuck to anything it is set on.
Wrapping it before laying it into the container will also allow for a very easy clean up. If not serving it right away or if gifting it to someone, its best to leave it whole as it could easily lose its shape.
Using Rice Paper to Wrap Turrón
Do – Use rice paper. You can get it on Amazon. It will stop it from sticking to your pan while it sets. You can use baking paper also but the rice paper has the added bonus of being edible.
It can either be removed or left on. It will also help it to not stick to everything. Making one less step between you and enjoying your sweet treat.
Simply slice your turrón with a serrated knife into small squares with the rice paper still attached. The rice paper has no taste and adds very little texture to your dessert, so no need to have any concern.
What is Turrón?
Turrón is a delicious nougat Spanish treat made with a combination of:
- Egg whites or eggs yolks (depending on the type of Turrón),
- Sugar, and
- Usually toasted almonds but sometimes turrón can contain pistachios or other nuts.
It is made into a rectangle or cake shape. It is an extremely popular Spanish dessert during the Christmas season. However, many Spanish and Latin American homes enjoy it year-round.
Turrón has been around since as early as the 15th century. It has been traced back to the city of Jijona, Spain which is just north of Alicante, Spain.
Turron is found mostly in Spain and Latin America but can also be found in France and the Philippines.
It can come in many different consistencies and appearances, but typically always has the same ingredients. Decades ago, the way it was made was the same but over the years different areas have come up with their own different styles.
Different Types of Turrón
There are many types of Turrón around the world that all trace back to the Spanish version. The two biggest differences in types of turrón are it is either soft and chewy or hard and brittle.
The most popular Spanish types are named after the towns where they were originally created. They are:
Turrón de Jijona (Soft) – This is an incredibly soft turrón and this is the most popular version out there. This type is also referred to as turrón blando. It’s made with:
- Egg whites,
- Sugar, and
- Almonds mashed into a paste.
Because the almonds are reduced to paste form, the added oil creates a chewy, slightly sticky bar.
Turrón de Alicante (Hard) – This version is harder and thicker than the Jijona turrón and has a texture closer to that of peanut brittle. Sometimes referred to as turrón duro its exceedingly popular around the area of Alicante, Spain. A harder block that is full of whole almonds in a brittle like treat is made of mixed together:
- Egg whites,
- Honey, and
Turrón de Yema – Is another name for egg yolk, and as you may guess contains all the same ingredients as the others do, but also uses egg yolks versus just the whites. This type of turrón is also on the softer side and sometimes has sugar toasted on top of it to create a golden-brown crust. When this golden, glazed layer is added to the top, it is then called Yema Tostada.
Coco, Nata Nuecus, Chocolate con Almendras, Fruta, Mazapan are all different types/styles of Turrón.
Typically the name Turrón meant only the traditional ingredients. Though now you could easily find turrón with chocolate, marzipan, coconut, caramel, and even candied fruit inside.
With the base being simple ingredients that many people have on hand, it is easy to see why there are so many variations out there to try, and new ones coming out every day.
Other Ways to Use Your Turrón
If your turrón is getting close to going bad and you have had your fill of the sweet nougat dessert, you can try this awesome whipped treat:
- The turrón can be crumbled up, then you add
- Honey, and
- Vanilla extract together in a mixing bowl.
- Mix it up well until you have a whipped, light, and fluffy creation.
It will create a nice creamy topping for fruit such as poached pears to make a nice original icing for a cake. This site has a wonderful recipe for a light fluffy turrón mousse – Cooking Spanish in America.
Homemade Turrón is a Gift
Turrón is the sweet treat that many Spanish families have enjoyed for centuries. Coming together at Christmas and enjoying the sweet taste of homemade Turrón is part of many families’ tradition.
These days however Turrón has become exceedingly popular all around the world. Some countries have even started making their own versions of Turrón.
There are many ways to enjoy the treat with even more flavors and types, but one thing all versions of turrón have in common is they are a simple treat to store on the counter that you enjoy day after day.
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