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fondant

[fon-duh nt; French fawn-dahn] /ˈfɒn dənt; French fɔ̃ˈdɑ̃/
noun
1.
a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies.
2.
a candy made of this paste.
Origin of fondant
1875-1880
1875-80; < French: literally, melting, present participle of fondre to melt, found3
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  • It is not necessary that all of the fondant be worked up at once.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Melt in a bowl some fondant flavored with any preferred flavoring.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • As we said before this fondant will keep for a long time, and one may use it when desired.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • fondant should cool quickly after it has been poured out on a platter or slab.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • Melt the fondant, and stir the fruit and nut mixture into it; then remove and knead.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • Close up and roll the dates in powdered sugar or else dip into fondant.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • Prunes filled with fondant or fondant and nuts mixed are also delicious.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • This is especially good if the fondant is colored rose or pink.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • If preferred these may be dipped in fondant, or left as they are.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • Just a word in regard to the dipping, and preparing the fondant for dipping.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
British Dictionary definitions for fondant

fondant

/ˈfɒndənt/
noun
1.
a thick flavoured paste of sugar and water, used in sweets and icings
2.
a sweet made of this mixture
adjective
3.
(of a colour) soft; pastel
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: melting, from fondre to melt, from Latin fundere; see found³
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Word Origin and History for fondant
n.

1877, from French fondant, noun use of present participle of fondre "to melt" (see found (v.2)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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