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Shopping for festival sweets, nougats to milk candy
2013-02-13

AS the Chinese Lunar New Year draws near, it's time for festive food shopping, which always includes sweets.

Candies are high on the shopping list because they are placed around at home and giving to visiting friends and relatives. Among the many varieties, plum candies, milk candies and nougats are the most common.

Shanghai Daily picks a few from City Shop and Shanghai No. 1 Food Department Store.

1-Golden Boronia Nougat (Original Soft)

Origin: Australia

Price: 40.80 yuan (US$6.56)/100g

Description: Made with fine natural honey, almonds and glucose syrup, Boronia is advertised as Australia's No. 1 nougat. It's 100-percent cholesterol free and is crunchy with a long and agreeable aftertaste.

2-Golden Boronia Nougat (Apricot Soft)

Origin: Australia

Price: 40.80yuan (US$6.56)/100g

Description: Using the finest and freshest apricots, this special nougat is not only popular as a snack but can be eaten with a cup of coffee or used as a topping on ice cream.

3-White Rabbit Peanut Nougat

Origin: Shanghai, China

Price: 25 yuan (US$4.10)/454

Description: With a strong creamy fragrance, the nougat is rich and chewy. It's an old-time brand and is the most commonly purchased for the Spring Festival. It reminds many people of childhood.

4-Yinguo Almond Nougat

Origin: Shanghai, China

Price: 78 yuan (US$12.54)/500g

Description: These are produced with traditional hand-making and baking techniques in Taiwan. It's softer than other nougats.

5-Tang's Chocolate Almond Nougat

Origin: Shanghai, China

Price: 30 yuan (US$4.82)/14gG

Description: These are made with pure maltose and high-quality ingredients. The taste is creamy and not too sweet.

6-Tang's Almonds and Cranberry Nougat

Origin: Shanghai, China

Price: 28 yuan (US$4.50)/140g

Description: This has a rich texture with the freshness of cranberry. It's made by hand.

By Qu Zhi

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