This easy, no-bake Christmas Nougat (with jujubes) is a great candy for your holiday treat tray. It's only 4 ingredients, fun, colorful, super easy to make (no candy thermometer required), and oh-so-tasty!
This Christmas Nougat was inspired by my love for jujubes (one of the best candies ever) and it not only makes a great edible gift for friends and neighbors, but it's also a great no-bake addition to any Christmas baking platter. But be warned, it is very hard to stop eating!
I'm really not much of a 'candy girl', but I love jujubes and they are the star ingredient in this recipe. I can't get enough of this nougat! But even if you don't have a sweet tooth, this recipe is irresistible!
You need the following ingredients to make this delicious Christmas nougat!
- 1 -250 g -pack of white chocolate chips (225 - 250 g bag)
- 1 -400 g - bag of mini marshmallows (or use regular marshmallows, as they are the same weight)
- 2 tbsp butter *I use unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups jujubes - use the larger jujubes (affiliate link) - remove the black ones
- shortening for greasing bowls and utensils
*Heads up: Overnight refrigeration is required for this nougat candy recipe
Chop jujubes into smaller pieces.
*NOTE: Do not use a food processor to chop jujubes. I tried to do this to make it easier and it didn't work.
Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper (don't worry if it doesn't stay pressed in. Once you pour in the contents, it will). *This is the best way to prepare your pan.
*or spray with non-stick cooking spray or grease with shortening.
Grease a large microwave-safe bowl and spatula with shortening. (this is important or your mixture will stick to the bowl)
Add white chocolate chip, marshmallows, and butter to the bowl
Microwave on half power (50%) for 2 minutes, then remove and stir. *The marshmallows get very hot so they will melt the chocolate and butter
If it's not completely melted, put it back in (at 50%/half power) for 30- second increments, removing it to stir each time
Stir jujubes in so it's fully and evenly incorporated.
*You need to work quickly so the mixture doesn't harden before you get it into the pan.
Pour mixture into parchment lined 8X8 inch square pan and spread evenly with your greased spatula.
Cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight, ideally. *I use Glad Press N' Seal (affiliate link) as it's thicker stronger and creates a tighter seal than regular plastic wrap
*I always put a note on it so my family knows it's not ready to eat 🙂
Remove the nougat and place it on the cutting board
Cut rough edges off of nougat
Cut nougat into 5 one way
Cut nougat into 5 slices the other way, for a total of 25
You can cut nougat into Christmas shapes (like a candy cane, a Christmas tree, or varied ornaments) with mini cookie cutters, (affiliate link) if you wish.
*HINT: Cut your nougat when it's cold, as it's much easier to cut through!
If your nougat feels too sticky when you're cutting it, a little trick is to grease your knife with a thin coating shortening (or oil) before cutting the nougat. Although, I didn't need to do this.
Give it as a gift!
If you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift for friends, neighbors, teachers, etc.. this holiday season, this easy candy recipe is ideal! Give it in a parchment or wax paper-lined cookie tin wrapped with ribbon and a bow!
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Dairy- free/Vegan - use vegan margarine instead of butter and dairy-free or vegan white chocolate chips (affiliate link). Jujubes are naturally vegan.
- Butter - you could substitute margarine or salted butter
- Jujubes- it's best to use the large ones that come in the clear plastic tubs (like I used in the photos) to get that stained glass effect. But you could substitute gumdrops, but try to avoid the sugar-coated ones. Or you can use the smaller variety of jujubes -just don’t cut them and be aware that you’ll likely have to use more. If you absolutely can't get your hands on jujubes you could substitute dot candy. Maynards or wine gums could be used in a pinch, but just be aware that they will change the taste of this recipe.
You will need a microwave (or a double boiler for stovetop) to make this Christmas candy, an 8X8-inch baking pan, a cutting board, a large sharp knife, a large microwave safe mixing bowl, and a spatula (affiliate links).
I love my high-temperature spatulas (affiliate link) because I NEVER have to worry about temperature when cooking when them (and marshmallows are HOT when cooked in the microwave). They are also dishwasher safe, rated to 600 degrees F, won't fade or discolor, come in multiple colors, and are one single molded piece (so they won't separate).
Store this nougat candy in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, as it can get a little soft and gooey if left out at room temperature for extended periods of time.
👪 Serving Size
This white chocolate nougat recipe makes 25 servings/squares. However, you can get more servings if you cut it into smaller bite-sized pieces (cut each square in half, into a triangle). Or you can double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust. You'll just need additional baking pans.
❔ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Jujubes are a gummy type of candy drop made of starch, corn syrup, and coloring.
Make sure your candy nougat is cold when you are cutting it. Lightly greasing your knife can also help cut cleanly (but be very careful!) You need to serve it right away or refrigerate it once it's cut or it gets soft and a little gooey.
If you're looking for an easy Christmas candy, then this Christmas Nougat is for you! It's become one of our favorite recipes and I hope it becomes one of yours too.
And if you love NO BAKE Christmas treats, check out my Microwave Sugar Cookie Fudge!
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📋 Christmas Nougat Recipe (with jujubes)
- 12 ounce -pack of white chocolate chips (225 - 250 g bag)
- 14 ounce - package of marshmallows, (400 g bag ) mini or regular (they are the same weight)
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups jujubes chopped
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- *Heads up: Overnight refrigeration is required for this recipe
- Pick out the black jujubes and set aside, eat them or do whatever you want with them. Chop jujubes into small pieces.
- Grease a microwave safe bowl and spatula with shortening.
- Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper (don't worry if it doesn't stay pressed in. Once you pour in the mixture, it will). Or you can use a nonstick spray.
- Add marshmallows, butter and white chocolate chips to large bowl.
- Microwave on half power (50%) for 2 minutes, then remove and stir. * The marshmallows get very hot so they will melt the chocolate and butter.
- If it's not completely melted, put back in (at 50%/half power) for 30- second increments, removing to stir each time.
- Add the cut up jujubes.
- Stir jujubes are evenly mixed it. *You need to work quickly so it doesn't harden.
- Pour into pan layered with parchment paper. Spread evenly with greased spatula.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- *See directions for cutting nougat in post INSTRUCTIONS.