Malted pecan nougat

Gin Lee
Malted pecan nougat/Gin Lee

Malted pecan nougat

There are no eggs, no honey, no chocolate, and no condensed milk required to make my malted pecan nougat candy. Instead, I use powdered milk. The candy is fairly simple to make, and it tastes very similar to chocolate-coated malted balls, without the chocolate coating, of course. Hope y'all will enjoy it!

For me, the hardest part of the recipe is shelling the pecans. It goes much faster if you use store-purchased pecan halves. If you don't have pecans, substitute them with peanuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, almonds, walnuts, etc.. I use pecans because that's what I have on hand.
Malted pecan nougat/Gin Lee


  • ¾ cup of water
  • 1-½ cups of granulated white Splenda, or sugar
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2-½ cups of powdered milk
  • 1 cup of pecan halves, reserve ¼ cup of the pecans for the top layer of the nougat

Creating simple syrup/Gin Lee

In a saucepan, add the water and Splenda, or sugar together. Cook for eighteen minutes without stirring over medium heat on a burner.
Creating the malted nougat/Gin Lee

In a bowl, add the softened butter, then pour the hot liquid slowly over it; stir well. Add the pure vanilla extract and the powdered milk. Combine the mixture well with a spatula or wooden spoon. Then knead the mixture (in the bowl) for one to two minutes by hand.
Adding pecan halves into the malted nougat/Gin Lee

Now, add in the pecans; combine well. (At this point, I just continue using my clean hands.)

Next, use a large piece of plastic wrap and place it inside a loaf pan. (Allow the edges of the plastic wrap to be long enough to fold over the candy once it's prepared.) Then add your nougat mixture. Press the candy down firmly until it's reached all the sides of your pan. Add the extra pecans on the top layer and gently push them into the nougat. (This step is mainly to make the candy look pretty and to cover any imperfections in the nougat.)

Cover the candy with overlapped plastic wrap. Allow the candy to firm up for two to four hours.
Malted pecan nougat/Gin Lee

Last but certainly not least, unwrap the candy. Using the sides of the plastic wrap, lift the candy out of the pan. Instead of cutting my malted pecan nougat with a knife, I just break them up into various shapes.


To take the malted pecan nougat to another level, slice them into squares and dip them into a coating of chocolate.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gin Lee is a native of Arkansas. She studied at The Institute Of Children's Literature. She is an animal rescuer, food critic, organic gardener, food editor, home cook, food blogger, artist, and a complete do-it-yourselfer. Gin Lee is a published author, journalist, and contributor, among other works, and she resides in a rural town, in Arkansas, with her husband, their fur babies, Highway, Princess, Stinkpot the turtle. A huge thanks goes out to all for reading, following, and sharing Gin Lee's articles! Thank you! Since Gin Lee lives in a rural area, there's not much local news to cover. So, she covers articles of interest on how-to's about organic gardening, recipes, homesteading, and survival techniques. If those things are of interest to you, then you'll never (hopefully) be disappointed. She tries to cover a wide variety of articles to entertain everyone. Comments are turned off due to rudeness and hatefulness. The world has enough vulgarity, hatefulness, and arrogance without it having any help. Since having the simple courtesy of manners is lacking and sharing words of kindness does not abide in a few people. Those few people ruin what's supposed to be educational and an enjoyable experience for all others. Gin Lee does have children and young adults that are followers. Potty mouths, vulgarity, and hate are not acceptable. Apologies go out to those of you who generally are very sweet and also to Gin Lee's followers who have been a witness to others being rude and malicious. Hopefully, you'll be understanding of the measures that have to be put into place. Please be kind to one another.

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