Nougats are a variety of similar traditional confectioneries made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts (almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or hazelnuts are common), and sometimes chopped candied fruit. The consistency of nougat can range from chewy to hard depending on its composition, and it is used in a variety of candy bars and chocolates. There are two basic kinds of nougat: white and brown. White nougat is made with beaten egg whites and is soft, whereas brown nougat is made with caramelized sugar and has a firmer, often crunchy texture.

Although nougats are generally renowned as edible treats on planets such as Earth where they are made from scratch, others have found more uses for them, particularly on planet Lirg where they are found abundantly beneath the surface. The Lirgonians claim them as one of the most valuable and versatile substances in the cosmos, using them as a source of energy, a building material, and a filler of swimming pools and inflatable beach chairs. Although few planets take nougats so seriously, they also form the economic backbone of the entire Seven Orange Galaxies.

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