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What is nougat?

The fluffy stuff in candy bars is a far cry from the real thing. See more pictures of candy.

Many candy bar aficionados and general lovers of sweets have seen it advertised on their favorite wrappers and asked the question: What is nougat, anyway? The short answer is that it's a type of candy made from honey, sugar, nuts and often egg whites.

Nougat is also the sticky stuff that gets caught in your teeth whenever you eat a Snickers, Baby Ruth, Milky Way or 3 Musketeers bar, though the ingredients aren't the same. All-natural nougat is a far different and much more flavorful treat than the corn syrupy, preservative-laden candy bar component with which most of us are familiar.