The production of Maria Simona’s Jijona soft turron follows the traditional recipe
Shelf life Turron Mou de Jijona
9 months minimum. Store in a cool, dry place, away from light and moisture. Once opened, keep in the refrigerator because it begins to lose its organoleptic qualities; the nougat Jijona will be a little drier.
64% roasted almonds, 12% honey, sugar, glucose syrup, egg white and emulsifier: (E-471). May contain traces of peanuts, sesame and hazelnuts.
This product does not contain gluten, so it is suitable for coeliacs.
Maria Simona Jijona soft nougat has a designation of origin and is protected by the Regulatory Council of Jijona.
The origin of the turron of Jijona
Although no one can deny the close link between the city of Alicante and this delicacy, it was originally the city of Alicante itself that produced most of the Spanish nougat. The reason why this small town is a world reference in turron production is nothing less than a legal dispute.
In 17th century Spain, guilds dominated commerce, powerful organizations with exclusive rights to grant titles and manufacture certain products. A shoemaker could only produce shoes under the supervision of the shoemakers’ guild, and a baker did not exist without the license of the bakers’ guild.
In this strange ecosystem, we find the masters of turron. The turroniers were not specialists of a guild, but farmers who earned extra money by selling this delicacy. This was not to the liking of the Valencian confectioners’ guild, who considered honey and sugar products to be their domain. So they filed a lawsuit against the turroniers of Alicante.
The trial began in 1665 and the litigation would continue for 6 years. In 1671, a court decision allowed the Valencian guild to take control of the turróns of Alicante, which quickly made the industry disappear from the city.
Thus, the inhabitants of the small municipality of Sexona, now Jijona, took over the capital. Away from the eyes and influence of the guild, local artisans have managed to bypass the ban on sugar and honey, thus establishing themselves as the home of authentic Spanish nougat.
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