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Easy Colourful Gumdrop Nougat the Kiddos Will Adore

Gumdrop nougat in a bowl
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
2 min
Yields
80-90 pieces

Gumdrop nougat is the perfect no-bake recipe to whip up with the kids. Inspired by Italian torrone, this retro recipe uses mini marshmallows, white chocolate chips and butter to create a shortcut nougat base. Gumdrops are quickly folded into the soft mixture which, once cooled, is sliced into colourful, terrazzo-esque squares. These chewy treats also make a wonderful gift!

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ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
2
cups unsugared gumdrops (like Jujubes), divided
3
Tbsp unsalted butter
10
cups mini marshmallows
1
tsp clear vanilla extract
½
tsp salt
4
cups white chocolate chips
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directions

Notes

This recipe requires 6-24 hours chill time.

Ingredients for gumdrop nougat
Step 1

Prepare a 9×13-inch baking pan by greasing it with nonstick cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper and spray the paper again to ensure the nougat doesn’t stick. Secure the parchment paper with clips to hold it in place.

A baking tray greased and lined with parchment paper
Step 2

Cut 1 cup of the gumdrops in half, using well-oiled scissors or a knife.

Gumdrops on a cutting board
Step 3

Add butter, marshmallows, vanilla extract and salt to a large, microwavable bowl. Heat on high for one minute and stir thoroughly before adding the white chocolate chips. Microwave for another minute. Stir the mixture to make sure everything is melted and well combined. Tip: You can also use a double boiler to melt all of these ingredients together, if you prefer.

Nougat ingredients in a mixing bowl
Step 4

Working quickly, use a large, sturdy spatula to fold the gumdrops into the marshmallow mixture.

Gumdrop nougat ingredients in a mixing bowl
Step 5

Scrape the nougat into your prepared pan. Using well-oiled hands or a spatula, firmly press down on the mixture to remove air bubbles. Place a layer of parchment over top and continue to flatten the mixture until smooth.

Gumdrop nougat in a baking pan
Step 6

Place the nougat in the fridge and allow it to set for 6-24 hours.

Step 7

Once fully cooled, lift the nougat out of the pan and place it on a cutting board. Remove the parchment paper and use a sharp knife (coat your knife with nonstick cooking spray if the nougat is sticky) to cut the candy into bite size pieces. If it is too hard to cut, let it soften at room temperature for 5-10 minutes. Gumdrop nougat should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

A closeup of gumdrop nougat

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