Candy is a sugary sweet treat. Halloween is partly about dressing up in costumes, but mostly it's about the candy.

Your favorite candy may be sweet and fruity, or so sour you can barely stand to eat it. Other people prefer chocolate when it comes to candy. Candy is also a verb, meaning "coat with a sugary glaze," — you might candy cherries or almonds. And when something's made of candy, the word becomes an adjective: "But it's only a candy cigarette!" The word comes from the Arabic qandi, with its Persian root quand, "cane sugar."

Definitions of candy

n a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts

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candy bar
a candy shaped as a bar
carob bar
a bar of candy made with carob powder
hard candy
candy that is brittle
a British candy flavored with brandy
round flat candy
a candy that usually has a center of fondant or fruit or nuts coated in chocolate
brittle, toffee, toffy
caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets
a hard brittle candy made with butter and brown sugar
candy cane
a hard candy in the shape of a rod (usually with stripes)
candy corn
a small yellow and white candy shaped to resemble a kernel of corn
firm chewy candy made from caramelized sugar and butter and milk
candyfloss, cotton candy, spun sugar
a candy made by spinning sugar that has been boiled to a high temperature
sugar-coated nut or fruit piece
silvery candy beads used for decorating cakes
candy made of a thick creamy sugar paste
soft creamy candy
a jellied candy coated with sugar crystals
honey crisp
a crisp candy made with honey
mint, mint candy
a candy that is flavored with a mint oil
a candy that is flavored with an extract of the horehound plant
jelly bean, jelly egg
sugar-glazed jellied candy
candy kiss, kiss
any of several bite-sized candies
licorice, liquorice
a black candy flavored with the dried root of the licorice plant
Life Saver
a candy shaped like a small lifesaver
all-day sucker, lollipop, sucker
hard candy on a stick
a small aromatic or medicated candy
spongy confection made of gelatin and sugar and corn syrup and dusted with powdered sugar
marchpane, marzipan
almond paste and egg whites
nuts or fruit pieces in a sugar paste
nougat bar
a bar of nougat candy often dipped in chocolate
nut bar
paste of nuts and sugar on a pastry base cut into bars
peanut bar
bar of peanuts in taffy
popcorn ball
popcorn combined with a thick sugar or molasses or caramel syrup and formed into balls
cookie-sized candy made of brown sugar and butter and pecans
rock candy
sugar in large hard clear crystals on a string
rock, rock candy
hard bright-colored stick candy (typically flavored with peppermint)
sugar candy
made by boiling pure sugar until it hardens
any of various small sugary candies
chewy candy of sugar or syrup boiled until thick and pulled until glossy
chocolate truffle, truffle
creamy chocolate candy
Turkish Delight
a jellied candy typically flavored with rose water
Easter egg
an egg-shaped candy used to celebrate Easter
barley candy, barley-sugar
a brittle transparent candy made by melting and cooling cane sugar
a large round hard candy
lemon drop
a hard candy with lemon flavor and a yellow color and (usually) the shape of a lemon
round piece of tart hard candy
peppermint patty
a patty flavored with peppermint
peanut brittle
brittle containing peanuts
chocolate fudge
fudge made with chocolate or cocoa
divinity, divinity fudge
white creamy fudge made with egg whites
panocha, panoche, penoche, penuche
fudge made with brown sugar and butter and milk and nuts
chewy fruit-flavored jellied candy (sometimes medicated to soothe a sore throat)
peppermint, peppermint candy
a candy flavored with peppermint oil
molasses kiss
a candy kiss that resembles toffee
meringue kiss
a kiss made of sugar and egg white and baked slowly
chocolate kiss
a kiss that consists of a conical bite-sized piece of chocolate
Scotch kiss
butterscotch candy kiss
a scented lozenge used to sweeten the breath (e.g. to conceal the odor of tobacco)
cough drop, pastil, pastille, troche
a medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat
molasses taffy
taffy made of molasses
chocolate egg
egg-shaped chocolate candy
candy egg
egg-shaped candy
Type of:
confection, sweet
a food rich in sugar

v coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze

glaze, sugarcoat
Type of:
dulcify, dulcorate, edulcorate, sweeten
make sweeter in taste

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