• (noun): A rich sweet confection made with sugar and often flavored or combined with fruits or nuts.
  • (noun): A piece of such a confection.
  • (verb-transitive): To reduce to sugar crystals.
  • (verb-transitive): To cook, preserve, saturate, or coat with sugar or syrup.
  • (verb-transitive): To make pleasant or agreeable; sweeten.
  • (verb-intransitive): To become crystallized into sugar.
  • (verb-intransitive): To become coated with sugar or syrup.

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  • (noun): a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
  • (verb): coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze

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Candy, also called sweets or lollies, is a confection that features sugar as a principal ingredient. The category, called sugar confectionery, encompasses any sweet confection, including chocolate, chewing gum, and sugar candy. Vegetables, fruit, or nuts which have been glazed and coated with sugar are said to be candied.
Physically, candy is characterized by the use of a significant amount of sugar or sugar substitutes. Unlike a cake or loaf of bread that would be shared among many people, candies are usually made in smaller pieces. However, the definition of candy also depends upon how people treat the food. Unlike sweet pastries served for a dessert course at the end of a meal, candies are normally eaten casually, often with the fingers, as a snack between meals. Each culture has its own ideas of what constitutes candy rather than dessert. The same food may be a candy in one culture and a dessert in another.

Example Sentences

  • "It's like takin 'candy from a baby," he disclaimed.

  • As her presence was not required in the chamber, Katy went down-stairs to what she called the candy room.

  • Mohamed said Misrata's hospitals were seeing victims of what he described as candy bombs - something that resembles a pretty bottle.

  • People have been asking me what kind of candy is best and if chocolate is OK in the heat.

  • So very much brain candy is up at Coyote Blog with this week’s “Carnival of the Vanities.”

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