Solid As a Rock: Sanchis Mira Turron de Alicante

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This candy is a Christmas delicacy in Spain, a dense honey and almond brittle with a generous helping of the latter (the label says at least 60% almond.) The company, based in Alicante, Spain, is well-established, having been turning out the product along with other sweet treats since 1863 and this candy will definitely have a nostalgic appeal for some folks with a Hispanic heritage.

The honey-based brittle is very hard and probably could take out a tooth under the right circumstances, but the flavor is delicious, with a rich sweetness to it, and the toasted almonds were fresh and tasty. Would I purchase it as a special treat? Nope, and that is because of a difficulty presented by the candy’s packaging.

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Here in the States our lazy existence is pandered to with candies that are pre-portioned, made into easy to break off squares. Not so with this, which emerges from its wrappings an obdurate brick that requires serious, hammer-level smashing effort to split into mouth-sized shards. Perhaps I have been spoiled by a glassier, cane sugar-based brittle, but something about the honey and egg white combination gives this a consistency that makes it building material grade.

All in all, this is a solid bar of sugar and nuts, no kidding around here. First I put it on a plate and tried to break a piece off, giving up at the point where I feared for the plate’s safety. A marble slab covered with parchment paper and a hammer proved sufficient to the task, but seriously, you could make a weapon out of this stuff and shiv someone. Deliciously, of course.

About Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo lives, writes, and teaches atop a hill in the Pacific Northwest. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the first two books of the Tabat Quartet, Beasts of Tabat and Hearts of Tabat. She is an Endeavour, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee. Among her nonfiction works are a travel guide to Baltimore, a cookbook, highly opinionated essays, and the book Creating an Online Presence for Writers. She once won a hula contest judged by Neil Gaiman. For more about her, as well as links to her fiction, see here.