Matcha Black Sesame Nougat Chews


DIY Gift: Matcha Black Sesame Nougat Chews

I wish I could spend an entire day making batch after batch of these matcha black sesame nougat chews so I could send you each a bag of them. What I really wish is that you all had food printers and could just print out a batch of these nougat chews and then pretend I made them for you.

I just really want you to have these in your life as a thank you for all of your support – your comments, your notes, your suggestions, and even just being here, reading. You are the reason I’ve been able to have a (super awesome) career while also spending this first precious year with my babe (Also, I’m suddenly aware that referring to her as “my daughter” makes me feel like she’s a KID and not a baby anymore – what’s that about?).

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I meant to post these last week. When I first made them, I intended to make a firm traditional nougat – like pistachio torrone. For the past two years, I’ve been dreaming about a single bar of matcha nougat I picked up in a tiny market in Tokyo on our honeymoon. Inspired by that memory, I left out the nuts, added matcha, and adapted about 1 billion different recipes into a version that used neither glucose nor corn syrup. I instead put brown rice syrup to the test – a variation I haven’t seen done.

The nougat came out soft and chewy, almost like a cross between caramel and taffy, which I blamed on the lack of nuts. Back at the drawing board, I sketched out plans to firm up my next batch. But then something happened.

I ate half a pan by myself in two days. Please don’t calculate how much sugar that was, okay? Ignorance is bliss right now.

Pure bliss. I couldn’t put them down. I’d snatch a nougat chew on every lap of the kitchen. The texture was cloud-like. Their flavor was sweet, but earthy and nutty with little bits of crunchy black sesame. And that’s when I realized this was it – this was the recipe. I wanted to test it again before posting, but it rained all week and there were big neon signs all over the internet that said “don’t make nougat when it’s raining or humid!!”

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So of course, I ignored them. Jokes on me. That second batch turned out extra sticky. Don’t get me wrong, they were deliciously chewy and I wanted to eat them all the time forever still, but the recipe needed one more test without rain. (Also, feel free to make it in the rain. Just know your nougat will be sticky).

So here we are – a unique last-minute DIY edible gift. This nougat is anything but traditional in texture – picture a (less sweet) matcha laffy taffy – but it’s exactly that smooth chewy texture I’m obsessed with.  Gooey, chewy, little cloud bites of matcha black sesame nougat.

Happy Holidays!

DIY Gift: Matcha Black Sesame Nougat Chews

Matcha Black Sesame Nougat Chews
Yields: 30-60 candies, depending on size
Tools & Equipment
  • Candy Thermometer, properly callibrated
  • Stand Mixer
  • Loaf pan (9x5 or 8.5x4.5 will work)
Matcha Black Sesame Nougat Chews
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup (219g) sugar, plus 2 teaspoons, divided (preferably organic cane sugar)
  • ½ cup (160g) honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons (73g) brown rice syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup matcha powder, sifted (I use Encha culinary-grade pure organic matcha- it's the best!)
  • ½ cup toasted black sesame seeds, divided
  1. Very lightly oil the bottom of a loaf pan and wipe it out. Line the pan with parchment or wax paper (on bottom and all sides) and very lightly oil the parchment paper, wiping it out with a paper towel.
  2. Combine 1 cup sugar with honey, brown rice syrup, water and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture just begins to simmer and sugar has dissolved, about 4 minutes. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan. Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 300°F.
  3. Meanwhile, put egg whites into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When the sugar reaches 275°F, begin beating the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Slowly add remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and beat until stiff (but not dry) glossy peaks form.
  4. When sugar reaches 300°F, increase the speed on the mixer and pour in just a little bit of the syrup aiming to pour down the side of the bowl so it doesn’t hit the whisk and splash around.
  5. In a steady stream, slowly pour the remaining syrup it into the whipping egg whites, again aiming for the space between the whisk and the side of the bowl, letting some stream down the side of the bowl into the egg whites. Continue mixing until the nougat has thickened and the bowl is mostly cool to the touch (except for the bottom which will still be warm), 10-15 minutes.
  6. Reduce speed to medium-low and beat in the vanilla extract. Reduce speed to low and slowly beat in matcha powder, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  7. Mix in all but 3 tablespoons black sesame seeds.
  8. Working quickly, scrape the mixture into the prepared pan with a flexible rubber spatula. If needed, press a second lightly oiled piece of parchment paper on top and press firmly to create an even surface. Sprinkle 1.5 tablespoons of black sesame seeds over the top and gently press them into the nougat. Let cool for 2 hours before removing from pan.
  9. Remove from pan and flip it over so the black sesame seeds face down. Gently press remaining 1.5 tablespoons of black sesame seeds into the other side of the nougat.
  10. Cut into bite-sized pieces, dipping the knife in hot water and wiping it off before each cut. Wrap each candy in parchment or wax paper and store for up to 2 weeks. Note: In these pictures, I cut them into larger pieces, but when I made a batch for gifts, I cut them into pieces almost half the size.
*Keep in mind that if you make these while it's raining or humid, your nougat will be extra sticky after it cools!

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  1. Oh goodness, I want to make these and gift them to myself!! Haha, they really sound amazing!

  2. I’m usually not a nougat-y kind of girl, but when you add matcha it becomes something I can totally get behind!

  3. betty says:

    My goodness. First of all you know these flavors just sing to me. Second, these photos are GORGEOUS. I’m loving the styling and the lighting and the vibrant colors. So delicious Sarah – this is perfect for gifting!

  4. Carla says:

    I want to tell EVERYONE IN THE WHOLE WORLD about these. Basically my favorite candy. (This is totally a hint to anyone who is all “what on Earth should I get Carla?”)

  5. Matcha laffy taffy – YES. These look absolutely addictive!

  6. Lori says:

    What a great idea!! These sound so good and the color is so gorgeous!

  7. So happy you shared this, and also linked to your Japan posts! My husband, Connor, and I are traveling to Japan this coming April, and I’m planning on stalk-reading all of your posts. I might have to email you too! :) I’m so excited!

    I also so wish I would have had a bunch of these beautiful nougats in my stocking this year.

  8. These are SO gorgeous, Sarah! And they are perfect for holiday gifting, which I’ll be catching up on in January! Because that’s just the kind of month December was. Hope you have a beautiful 2017! I hope mine involves making a batch of these. For me. And maybe a friend or two. ;-)

  9. 2pots2cook says:

    Lovely photos ! Thank you for sharing and have a happy and prosperous 2017 !

  10. Marissa says:

    These sound fantastic, Sarah! I’ll second your wish for a food printer..we can make self driving cars and 3D printers, so why not food printers? I make homemade salty black licorice with brown rice syrup and love the texture. I’ll definitely be making a batch of these in the new year – love the color combo and the hit of matcha – a perfect little treat.

  11. Sarah these look sooooo good! It’s funny how I was recently wondering how to make nougat chews and voila, here you are. I grew up eating them since they’re a common candy staple in Argentina. I’m in love with the aesthetic of your nougats and if you scroll up and down really fast those little guys make you dizzy. I’m mesmerized by them in a dork-ish way and maybe it’s also because it’s 10pm and I’m feeling delirious. Yep….I’m as non-night owl-like as ever thanks to a certain infant. ;)

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