- a brittle, amber-colored, transparent candy, formerly boiled in a decoction of barley, consisting of sugar, cream of tartar, and orange or lemon juice, usually twisted into strips or molded into a variety of shapes.
Origin of barley sugar
First recorded in 1705–15
Also called barley candy.
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Examples from the Web for barley sugar
Lantier, who felt gay, was sucking his barley-sugar, and smacking his lips.L'Assommoir
I'll buy you a stick of barley-sugar; yes, a stick of barley-sugar!The Fat and the Thin
"We're all for barley-sugar ourselves just now," the subaltern went on.
The general returned to his confections, and his aide-de-camp to the barley-sugar.
Its barley-sugar and whipped cream are consumed on the spot; none is exported.
- a brittle clear amber-coloured sweet made by boiling sugar, originally with a barley extract