On the legendary Nationale 7 road, the city of Montélimar in Provençale Drôme is renowned for its speciality: nougat. It became famous in the 50s, when the city suffered interminable traffic queues towards the South of France. To while away the time, holidaymakers would stop in the city and treat themselves to some nougat.
Its French origins date back to the 16th century, when the first almond trees were planted. But the first nougat did not appear until the following century. Its ingredients have remained the same ever since, which explains its unique flavour. It is 30% almonds or 28% almonds and 2% pistachios, 25% lavender honey, sugar, stiff egg whites and natural vanilla. Its texture varies according to its cooking time: tender or hard nougat, it's up to you.
Montélimar nougat is one of the traditional 13 desserts that are served in Provence at Christmas dinner. To find out more, you can watch it being made in one of the city's factories. Or visit the Palace of Sweets and Nougat, a delight for children and grown-ups!