This chewy Mediterranean dessert is a culmination of honey (or sugar), roasted nuts and whipped egg whites. Some have extras such as candied fruit, biscuits, or jam. Each piece of nougat is a true artisan piece of art, and it makes a healthier alternative to other desserts (but it shouldn’t be eaten in excess). It can even be eaten by diabetics in small quantities, though if you’re a diabetic you should seek medical advice before adding nougat to your diet. Additionally, nougat does not generally have an expiry date!
You’d think nougat in Australia would be more readily available, as easy to find as cupcakes or cookies- but it is a little trickier to find.
In fact, many people aren’t familiar with nougat, despite the fact that we’ve all probably eaten it since nougat heavily features in popular chocolate bars such as Milky Way, Toblerone, and Snickers. Nougat isn’t too dissimilar to marshmallows, which are readily available in most supermarkets. Nougat is also most commonly purchased and eaten during Christmas, so you’ve probably snacked on some at your grandmother’s dining table.
While nougat is definitely available in Australia, nougat in Australia is not always easy to locate. Here are some places where you can buy nougat.
Nougat and Lolly Stalls at Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market, Queens St Melbourne.
This iconic market has been open since 1878, and multiple stalls in the market sell nougat- including the nationally renowned Mondo nougat, produced mainly in Western Australia. Queen Victoria Market is currently the only place in Victoria where you can buy Mondo nougat!
Nougat Stockists: Independent Lolly and Chocolate Shops
When searching for good-quality nougat, small lolly shops are your best bet. Try stores and stockists like:
Brighton Chocolates, Melbourne
Some of the nougat available at Brighton Chocolates.
The Chocolate Box, Melbourne
The Chocolate Box at Collins Place – 44/45 Collins Street, Melbourne.
The Original Lolly Store, Melbourne
The Original Lolly Store, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Sassafras Sweet Co., 338 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras.
Typically, these stores are frequented by those who want more variety than what you can find on the supermarket shelves. There’s a myriad of lolly shops around Melbourne and even more if you’re willing to travel a bit.
The Australian Produce Store, Melbourne Airport
The Australian Produce Store, Melbourne Airport – 1/30 Mareno Road, Tullamarine.
Located conveniently within the Melbourne airport, Australian Produce Store sells an array of Australian food as well as gifts. Waiting for a flight at 5am will be made a little sweeter with some nougat.
Supermarkets, Grocery and Department Stores that sell Nougat in Melbourne
Nougat at David Jones, Melbourne
David Jones has a pretty wide range of nougats, from chocolate mint to apple and rose- as well as the standard flavours like pistachio and almond. They also have a mixed bag of nougats to share, if you want to sample a few different varieties.
Nougat at Coles Supermarkets in Melbourne
Nougat at Woolworths Supermarkets in Melbourne
Nougat can also be found at Woolworths supermarkets throughout Melbourne. Like at coles, you can find packaged up parcels of nougat in the confectionary aisle, with the more luxe nougat brands located in the deli section.
Nougat at IGA Grocery Stores in Melbourne
IGA stocks a few options for nougat, including Bramble & Hedge nougat, as well as chocolate nougat bars.
Bramble and Hedge Nougat.
Acorn Nursery, Melbourne
Acorn Nursery, 673 Canterbury Road, Surrey Hills.
Acorn Nursery is a charming plant nursery that features a gift shop and a cafe. Can you think of a better way to spend a chilly Sunday morning than with a hot coffee and a piece of nougat, perusing plants and herbs?
France at Home, Melbourne
Australia’s largest French online supermarket has a massive range of products from French brands, many of them sourced directly from France. If you’ve ever wanted to taste real French nougat, this is your chance!
Naheda’s Choice, Melbourne
Naheda’s Choice, Prahran Market – 112/163 Commercial Road, Melbourne.
Located conveniently at Prahan market, Naheda’s choice features an impressive variety of foods. Naheda’s choice even stock Nougat Royale, a renowned brand selling Gluten Free nougat.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen.
Featuring a variety of nougat flavours, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is the perfect place to stop for nougat. It’s open every day and offers delivery, eat-in or takeaway.