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Chocolate Chip Nougat

This sweet, chewy nougat adds a pretty holiday blush to yuletide gatherings. It takes a little extra effort to make, but candy this festive is worth it!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 55 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 pounds


  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/4 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cup plus 1-1/4 cups light corn syrup, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 to 3 drops each red and/or green food coloring, optional


  • Line a 9-in. square pan with foil; grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter and set aside. In a small heavy saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 2/3 cup corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 250°-266° (hard-ball stage).
  • Meanwhile, beat egg whites in a heat-proof large bowl until stiff peaks form. With mixer running on high speed, carefully add hot syrup in a slow steady stream, beating constantly at high speed until thickened; cover and set aside.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine remaining sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 275° (soft-crack stage).
  • Meanwhile, melt remaining butter. Pour hot syrup into reserved egg white mixture; stir with a wooden spoon. Stir in the walnuts, vanilla and melted butter.
  • Pour half of nougat mixture into prepared pan; press evenly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Tint remaining nougat mixture with red and/or green food coloring if desired; spread over chocolate chips. Press down evenly with buttered fingers. Let stand for several hours until set.
  • Using a knife coated with cooking spray, cut nougat into 1-in. squares. Wrap in plastic or waxed paper if desired. Store at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 86 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 17mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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