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Many Hispanics in Newark eat turron for Christmas

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The holiday season is wonderful for those who have a sweet tooth as there are so many delicious desserts. Sugar cookies shaped like Santa Claus, reindeers, bells and stars are not only tasty but also decorative. Who can resist the aroma of fresh gingerbread cookies right out of the oven? Just like gingerbread and fruitcake are signature desserts for Christmas in America, turron is a Christmas dessert in Spain and many Latin American countries. Turron is a confection made of honey, sugar and egg white with toasted almonds or other nuts that comes in two varieties: Alicante and Jijona.

Alicante, a hard turron named after Alicante, the region of Spain where it is made, contains almonds in a brittle group of eggs. Jijona, a soft turron named after Jijona, the area of Spain where it is produced, has almonds that are made into a paste. Worldwide Alicante and Jijona in Spain are famous for their turrons.

Spaniards have always love turrons. King Felipe II of Spain favorite dessert was the turron. Felipe’s chef, Francisco Martinez Montero, who often made turron for King Felipe, wrote a book about turron, “Conduchos of Christmas.”

If you want to add a taste of Spain to your holiday table and love nuts as well as honey, then turron is a delectable dessert to eat for Christmas.

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