Monday, December 18, 2006
Turron is the traditional Christmas sweet in Spain made from a mixture of sugar, honey, almonds and eggs. Apart from the hard, jaw breaking varieties there are softer versions for those of us who would like to keep our teeth. There are versions with candied fruits, chocolate flavouring etc. - all sold in elaborately decorated tins and packets.
The main centre for turron production is of course Xixona which is inland from Alicante and apparently is well worth a visit to see the factory where the nougat like sweets are made.
You can find out more about turron and other traditional sweets at Turrones Palmira and at Primitivo Rovira.
The other traditional sweet for Christmas is Polvoron which is a lot less harsh on the teeth but can can be very messy to eat when it crumbles to dust as you bite into it.