Easy Valentine’s Day Nougat Candy

This Easy Valentine’s Day Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Perfect for parties and homemade gifts!

This past Christmas season I shared an easy recipe for nougat candy and it was such a big hit…I was thrilled so many of you loved it as much as I did!  So I thought I would share this easy recipe once again, but this time with a pretty Valentine’s Day twist.

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

We absolutely LOVE these nougat candies…I have to hide them or they’ll disappear in one day! They’re sweet, soft, chewy and so delicious.

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

Not only are they delicious, but they’re also so simple to make…the whole recipe can come together in just minutes.  The hardest part is having the patience while waiting for the candy to set!

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

And once these candies set, you’ll be happy you took the time to make them.  Cutting into the nougat is so satisfying…you’ll soon see how pretty these nougat candies really are…they’re like little stained glass treasures.

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

Gorgeous!  I’m always amazed at how nice the candies show in each bite.

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

Gift Giving Ideas:

These nougat candies are a great homemade gift!  Share them with friends, family, teachers or anyone who needs a little extra love on Valentine’s Day…they would look so lovely all wrapped up in this DIY Conversation Heart Wax Paper Wrapping.  Or host a Valentine’s Day Fondue Party and serve these sweet treats for dessert.  So many ways to love them.

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

Easy Valentine's Day Nougat Candy

Make sure to read to the bottom of this post for all kinds of tips and tricks that I’m sharing about how to make them, what kinds of candy to use and more!

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Easy Valentine’s Day Nougat Candy


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: Minimum 3 hours, including refrigeration time
  • Yield: 60 candies 1x

Description

This Easy Valentine’s Day Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  Perfect for parties and homemade gifts!


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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 bags white chocolate chips (2 of the 225 gram bags)
  • 2 bags of mini marshmallows (2 of the 250 gram bags)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red and pink gumdrops or jujubes (see notes below for where to buy them)

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8×8 square baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.  This is a must…you HAVE TO line the pan or you will never get the candies out.
  2. Melt the butter, white chocolate chips and marshmallows together over indirect heat.  To do this I create a double boiler by putting a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water (making sure that the bowl and pan fit together snug).  This ensures that the mixture doesn’t burn.  See the pictures below.
  3. Continuously stir the mixture until it is smooth and melted together, making sure not to cook the mixture…the goal is to just melt, not cook.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool for about 2 minutes.
  5. Then stir in the chopped gumdrops.  Mix well.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.  TIP!  The mixture will be very sticky, so I use a lightly greased piece of parchment paper to help spread and pat the mixture down into the pan.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting, overnight is best.
  8. Cut into 60 bite sized pieces.
  9. To store the candies, use parchment paper between layers so the candies don’t stick together.
  10. Enjoy!

 

Tips and Tricks for Making Nougat Candy:

After I made my Easy Christmas Nougat Candy I got a lot of questions about melting the butter, white chocolate chips and marshmallows together.  I prefer to use the double boiler method because it’s a lot more difficult to burn the mixture with the indirect heat.  A lot of people found this method hard because the mixture is very sticky and takes some time to melt down.  I realize that, but I still feel like it’s the better method.  You just have to be patient and keep stirring.  Here are some tips:

  • Put the butter and the chips in the bowl first and get them melting.
  • Then add in 1/3 of the marshmallows and get them melting.
  • Then the next 1/3 and stir them in, get them melting down.
  • Add the remaining marshmallows, stir them in and keep mixing until the mixture is smooth and there are no remaining marshmallows.
  • The whole process only takes about 10 minutes or less.

What kind of candy can I use?

I’ve had a lot of questions about the kind of candy to use for this nougat.  I use baking gumdrops or jujubes for this candy.

  • The gumdrops I use are called Baking Drops.  They’re small and don’t have any sugar on the outside of them. The ones I used were these Baking Gums from Bulk Barn.  They’re in the baking aisle, and they come in a mix colours.  I just sorted out the colours that I want, when I get home.
  • I couldn’t find pink gumdrops for this Valentine’s Nougat, so I bought red and pink jujubes and cut them into small pieces.  SO I think any kind of jujube would work, you’ll just have to cut them into pieces.
  • Some people have used DOTS with success as well.

More Tips for Making Nougat Candy:

  • This mixture is STICKY!  To get the mixture smooth once it’s in the pan, use a lightly greased piece of parchment paper to help spread and pat the mixture down into the pan.
  • You can freeze these candies.  Layer the cut pieces of nougat between pieces of parchment paper and place in an air tight container, and put them into the freezer.  When you’re ready to serve, let them sit for about 1 hour or more after freezing, to bring them to room temperature.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Redawna January 21, 2019 at 11:45 AM

    Oh my goodness, they look so good. I am headed to St. Albert on Wednesday to go to Bulk Barn, Thursday I am making these. They have been on my Must Try list for a while now.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney January 22, 2019 at 10:01 AM

      Oh they’re SO good. I ended up using some red and pink gummy hearts I found at Bulk Barn and just cut them up into pieces! Enjoy!

  • Reply Marty January 22, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Got to give these a try, they sound sooooooo good.

    • Reply Jo-Anna Rooney January 23, 2019 at 10:57 AM

      We just love these! I hope you do try them!

  • Reply Julie Briones February 11, 2019 at 5:50 PM

    Great recipe AND photos, Jo-Anna!

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