Hana Hou! — February/March 2015

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“This is Brutus and this is Pauline,” says a smiling Liz Anderson. Liz and her husband, Peter, “adopted” Brutus and Pauline from France. They’re not children; they’re large, steel-cutting and candy-wrapping machines, which are critical to their confectionery, the Hawaiian Nougat Company.

In Europe, where Brutus and Pauline were constructed, nougat—made with honey, whipped egg whites and roasted nuts—is beloved, and it’s not at all like the airy stuff common in mass-produced candy bars. “Americans aren’t familiar with nougat,” says Liz. So in 2008 the husband-and-wife team opened a commercial kitchen to introduce Hawai‘i to the sticky sweetness of true nougat. It’s a small operation in the East Honolulu neighborhood of Kaimuki; Peter handles distribution while Liz, with occasional help from her 14-year-old hanai (adopted) granddaughter, Brittney Ganzelli, handmakes the nougat in small batches. “Brittney is the only person besides myself who knows how to make our nougat,” says Liz. “It’s just like in France: Children work in kitchens at a young age.”

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Star Advertiser — Sep 13, 2013
Locally Sourced Items Star in Nougat Maker’s Products

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Photo by Krystle Marcellus

You say NOO-gut, she says noo-gah, because she is a confectioner classically trained in making nougat in France, and that’s how they say it there.

Now Liz Anderson and her husband, Pete, are here and run Hawaiian Nougat Co. LLC at 3613 Waialae Ave.

They started the business in 2008 in rented commercial kitchen space at Pacific Gateway Center in Kalihi, where they made nougat using all but two local ingredients, based on supplier research done with the state Department of Agriculture.

WHERE TO FIND IT:
• Hawaiian Nougat Co., 3613 Waialae Ave.
• Whole Foods Market, Kahala, Kailua
• Hilo Hattie
• Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
• R. Fields in select Foodland stores (by the end of the month)

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Honolulu Magazine — July 11, 2013
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Photo by Jamie Noguchi

Photo by Jamie Noguchi

Don’t be fooled by its name—nougat is so much more than the processed, pull-out-your-teeth stuff you find atop a candy bar. For evidence, turn to Peter and Liz Anderson of the Hawaiian Nougat Company, a couple dedicated to making top-notch, locally-inspired nougat.

One bite into their vanilla nougat spotted with whole macadamia nuts, and everyone in our group exclaimed how light and smooth it was. I expected a sugary-sweet sensation, but the Andersons’ nougat delivered a flavor quite the opposite: delicate, with a balanced sweetness, akin to a handcrafted marshmallow, but with more chew.

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