"Torrone" Nougat is a traditional Christmas dessert that boasts very ancient origins. It may have been invented in China - where almonds also originated - yet the recipe closest to the modern version comes from the Arab world. The "torrone" nougat known today is actually a variant of the famous "cubbaita" or "juggiolena", an Arab dessert made of honey and sesame, now known as "halva".
The search for Christmas gifts has begun all over the world and, as always, doubts about what presents to give grip many people. This year's trends in Italy, according to consumer-watchdog Federconsumatori, confirm preferences for technological and food gifts, such as "panettone", cheese, cured meats, jams, liqueurs and preserves.