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Candy (generally called sweets in the UK and Ireland, and lollies in Australia and New Zealand, with the term candy used in the United States and Canada) is a prepared food item greatly enriched with sugar (or perhaps artificial sweeteners) and perhaps flavored with chocolate, fruit, herbs, spices, or artificial flavorings.


  • I had every intention of putting the leftover candy in the freezer, but my husband said, "Why? You'll just break a tooth or buy a chain saw." He thinks he's funny.
    I buy candy only once a year. I know how I am. If it is around, I will not rest until every piece is one.
    I did not eat the Halloween candy indiscriminately. I used it as rewards.
  • Snickers. Milk Duds. Cracker Jack. Lemonheads. Juicy Fruit. Butterfingers. Whoppers. Name your favorite candy and, if you are American, chances are good it came from Chicago. For decades, the city produced about a third of all candy manufactured in the United States. At its peak, the Chicago candy industry boasted more than 100 companies employing some 25,000 Chicagoan.s
    Some of the biggest players in the industry called Chicago home: Curtiss, Brach, Tootsie Roll, Leaf, and Mars. So did smaller, family-based companies with devoted followings such as fund-raising specialist World's Finest Chocolate and the Ferrara Pan Candy Company, maker of Lemonheads and Atomic FireBalls. Chicago began calling itself the "Candy Capital of America" around the start of the 20th century.
  • Although candy was first mass-produced in England in the 1850s, the great candy industry of the early twentieth century was an American phenomenon. Candy as we know it today is a result of the fantastic powers unleashed by the Industrial Revolution, and it was one of the first factory-produced foods in the late nineteenth century. Subsequent developments led to the spread of American-style candy throughout the world, beginning with the empires built by Mars and Hershey in the 1920s and 1930s, and aided by the American military troops who traveled the globe during World War II, there rations packed full of candy, making new "friends" by passing out Baby Ruth bars and Tootsie Rolls.
  • Neighborhood drug store and dime story candy counters were commonplace back then. "Five and dimes" such as Woolworth's, J. J. Newberry's, and Grant's usually featured a lunch counter or soda fountain along with a candy content, a convenience that began to fade by the 1960s due to the growing popularity of fast food chains.
    One of the mainstays of the American candy counter was penny candy, which children would scrutinize for great lengths of time as they tried to get the most satisfaction out of their allowances. Popular penny candy included licorice whips, hard candy sticks, jawbreakers, bubblegum, root beer barrels, caramels, suckers, and peanut butter-flavored Mary Janes.
  •             SWEETS
      "The daintiest last, to make the end most sweet,"—Shakespeare.
    Granulated sugar is preferable. Candy should not be stirred while boiling. Cream tartar should not be added until the syrup begins to boil. Butter should be put in when candy is almost done. Flavors are more delicate when not boiled in the candy.
  • Encyclopedic article on Candy on Wikipedia
  • The dictionary definition of candy on Wiktionary