Christmas Candy Nougat Recipe

Combining the rich flavors of decadent nougat with whimsical holiday ingredients, this easy-to-follow Christmas Candy Nougat Recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Grinch Christmas Nougat: A Witty Twist on Holiday Sweets

This playful twist on traditional holiday sweets will have your guests grinning from ear to ear.

Combining the rich flavors of decadent nougat with whimsical holiday ingredients, this easy-to-follow recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Whether you’re making it for a holiday gathering or just a fun treat to enjoy with your family, these Grinch-inspired nougat treats will make everyone’s hearts grow three sizes!

Grinch fudge with a santa hat on top.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a batch of these delicious treats in no time.

This easy-to-follow recipe is perfect for those who want to impress their guests but don’t have the time to spend hours in the kitchen.

“The Christmas Candy Nougat recipe is the perfect way to add some holiday cheer to your dessert table. It’s a festive treat that will make your guests smile.”

This Recipe Is…

  • Add some lighthearted fun to your holiday dessert table with the Grinch Christmas Nougat recipe.
  • Enjoy the rich flavors of nougat mixed with festive holiday ingredients.
  • Create a fun and delicious activity for your children with these kid-friendly treats.
  • The Grinch Christmas Nougat recipe can be enjoyed for a variety of occasions, from Thanksgiving to Christmas to your everyday fall cravings.
  • Show off your creativity and love for all things whimsical with this delightful recipe!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 5 Minutes

Rest Time: 8 Hours

Yields: About 42 (½-inch pieces)

Put a twist on a classic holiday recipe with this Grinch Christmas Nougat.

A deliciously sweet and chewy treat that’s colored just as green as the Grinch, along with pieces of red gumdrops to represent his ever-changing heart.

And yes, it tastes just like the nougat you taste in candy bars. 

What’s Needed

  • Mini Marshmallows
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Red Gumdrops, quartered
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Green Oil-Based Food Coloring
A bowl of marshmallows, candy canes, and a spoon on a marble countertop.

How to Make Christmas Nougat Candy

Be sure to quarter your gumdrops before anything else. Next, line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and very lightly spray the parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Place the white chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, pausing every 30 seconds to stir the chips whether they’re melted or not, so they don’t burn or overheat. 

Once the chocolate is nice and smooth with no lumps, set aside.

Immediately add the marshmallows and butter to a large mixing bowl (if your butter is from a stick, make sure it’s at least in two pieces and not one large one for better melting).

Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stop and stir and place back in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir until the butter is fully melted and mixed in.

A series of pictures showing how to make candy canes.

Add the green dye to the marshmallow mixture and stir until no more color streaks appear. If you would like a bit more color, add more dye a bit at a time. Each brand is different, so ¼ teaspoon is just a starting point.

Add the chocolate on top of the marshmallow mixture and stir well.

Add ¾ of the quartered gumdrops to the mixture and fold in.

Place the bowl back in the microwave for about 15 seconds, stir well.

Two pictures of green and red icing in a bowl.

Quickly pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly (I sometimes use a rubber glove with a bit of nonstick spray on it to do the last part). 

Lightly press the remaining gumdrop quarters on the top of the nougat.

Two pictures of a green and red ice cream sundae in a pan.

Place in the fridge and let rest overnight, or for about 8 hours.

Slice into ½-inch squares and enjoy!

Variations

This nougat candy recipe is incredibly versatile. You can switch up the festive ingredients depending on the occasion.

  • Thanksgiving Nougat: Add some pumpkin pie spice and crushed graham crackers for a fall-inspired treat.
  • Valentine’s Day Nougat: Use red and pink M&Ms to create a romantic treat for your loved ones.
  • Easter Nougat: Mix in some pastel-colored candy for a festive springtime treat.

As you can see, this nougat candy recipe is perfect for any occasion. 

From fall-inspired treats to Christmas-themed sweets, the possibilities are endless.

Tips

Oil-based food coloring is necessary for this recipe. Water-based dyes will seize the chocolate, ruining the recipe.

Moving quickly for this recipe is highly recommended. Having all your ingredients and prep finished before starting makes the process much easier.

If you use older marshmallows that are no longer light and fluffy, the nougat will still be fine, it will just be a little tougher in consistency. 

The mixture, right before you place it in the pan, is sticky and a bit of a pain. You’ll probably be left with a bit stuck to the bowl, but just know that’s normal. 

I highly suggest Nestle or Ghirardelli as the choice for the chocolate chips. Cheaper brands just don’t melt right.

If you want to skip the oil-based food dye, you can use green candy melts. It’s important to note that the nougat will turn out a bit lighter than the shade of the candy melts you choose. These vibrant green candy melts tend to be my favorite for Grinch-themed items.

If you want a more neon-ish color, you can always grab a bottle of lime oil-based green food coloring. It’s not as easy to get, and pricier, but you can always use it for other fun projects as well! 

If you can only find the multi-colored gumdrops, it will take about 3 boxes to get enough red. The Dots brand carries an all red box of gumdrops all year round. There are three shades. I only use the two darker shades because the last shade looks pink, not red. I used two boxes in total. 

Storage

Store in an airtight container in the fridge. This will last quite a while due to all the sugar, and I have yet for it to go bad or change texture while being stored properly, even after a month. Of course, it always tastes best when newer.

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Yield: 42

Grinch Christmas Nougat

Grinch fudge squares on a plate with christmas decorations.

Combining the rich flavors of decadent nougat with whimsical holiday ingredients, this easy-to-follow Christmas Candy Nougat Recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 16-Ounce Bag Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 ¾ Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Red Gumdrops, quartered
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ Teaspoon Green Oil-Based Food Coloring

Instructions

  1. Be sure to quarter your gumdrops before anything else. Next, line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and very lightly spray the parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place the white chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, pausing every 30 seconds to stir the chips whether they’re melted or not, so they don’t burn or overheat. 
  3. Once the chocolate is nice and smooth with no lumps, set aside.
  4. Immediately add the marshmallows and butter to a large mixing bowl (if your butter is from a stick, make sure it’s at least in two pieces and not one large one for better melting).
  5. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stop and stir and place back in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir until the butter is fully melted and mixed in.
  6. Add the green dye to the marshmallow mixture and stir until no more color streaks appear. If you would like a bit more color, add more dye a bit at a time. Each brand is different, so ¼ teaspoon is just a starting point.
  7. Add the chocolate on top of the marshmallow mixture and stir well.
  8. Add ¾ of the quartered gumdrops to the mixture and fold in.
  9. Place the bowl back in the microwave for about 15 seconds, stir well.
  10. Quickly pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly (I sometimes use a rubber glove with a bit of nonstick spray on it to do the last part). 
  11. Lightly press the remaining gumdrop quarters on the top of the nougat.
  12. Place in the fridge and let rest overnight, or for about 8 hours.
  13. Slice into ½-inch squares and enjoy! Christmas candy nougat recipe.

Notes

  • Oil-based food coloring is necessary for this recipe. Water-based dyes will seize the chocolate, ruining the recipe.
  • Moving quickly for this recipe is highly recommended. Having all your ingredients and prep finished before starting makes the process much easier.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. This will last quite a while due to all the sugar, and I have yet for it to go bad or change texture while being stored properly, even after a month. Of course, it always tastes best when newer.
  • If you use older marshmallows that are no longer light and fluffy, the nougat will still be fine, it will just be a little tougher in consistency. 
  • The mixture, right before you place it in the pan, is sticky and a bit of a pain. You’ll probably be left with a bit stuck to the bowl, but just know that’s normal. 
  • I highly suggest Nestle or Ghirardelli as the choice for the chocolate chips. Cheaper brands just don’t melt right.
  • If you want to skip the oil-based food dye, you can use green candy melts. It’s important to note that the nougat will turn out a bit lighter than the shade of the candy melts you choose. These vibrant green candy melts tend to be my favorite for Grinch-themed items.
  • If you want a more neon-ish color, you can always grab a bottle of lime oil-based green food coloring. It’s not as easy to get, and pricier, but you can always use it for other fun projects as well! 
  • If you can only find the multi-colored gumdrops, it will take about 3 boxes to get enough red. The Dots brand carries an all-red box of gumdrops all year round. There are three shades. I only use the two darker shades because the last shade looks pink, not red. I used two boxes in total. 

Nutrition Information

Yield

42

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 94Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 3mgSodium 17mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 0gSugar 13gProtein 1g

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A Sweet Treat for Every Occasion

The Grinch Christmas Nougat treats are not just for the holiday season. Whip up a batch for a birthday party or a summer picnic. They are an easy and tasty dessert that will delight any crowd.

  • Grinch-inspired treats will be a huge hit at any kids’ party.
  • These easy-to-make recipes will be a lifesaver when you need a quick and fun snack.
  • The versatility of the Grinch Christmas Nougat recipe makes it perfect for any occasion.

So grab your aprons and get ready to bring some whimsy to snack time. Your kids will love these playful treats and you’ll love how easy they are to make!

Conclusion

As we wrap up this article, we can’t help but feel grateful for the versatility of the Grinch Christmas Nougat recipe.

These delightful treats are perfect for any holiday occasion, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and everything in between.

With their playful twist on traditional nougat and festive ingredients, these treats are sure to bring joy to your family and friends.

Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make, so you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen.

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Grinch christmas candy nougat recipe.

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