- any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
- a single piece of such a confection.
- Slang. cocaine.
- someone or something that is pleasing or pleasurable, usually in a superficial way (often used in combination): The show is candy, but enjoy it for what it is. See also arm candy, ear candy, eye candy.
- to cook in sugar or syrup, as sweet potatoes or carrots.
- to cook in heavy syrup until transparent, as fruit, fruit peel, or ginger.
- to reduce (sugar, syrup, etc.) to a crystalline form, usually by boiling down.
- to coat with sugar: to candy dates.
- to make sweet, palatable, or agreeable.
- to become covered with sugar.
- to crystallize into sugar.
Origin of candy
Examples from the Web for candying
The art or business of the confectioner or sugar-baker; the candying of sugar.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
In this connection, also, I should like to direct the attention of our rural women to the art of preserving and candying fruit.The College, the Market, and the Court
Caroline H. Dall
To candy it, do not add the syrup, but observe the directions given for candying fruit; some may be done each way.
Select firm-textured fruit and boil until tender in water before placing in the syrup; then proceed as in candying the cherries.Candy-Making at Home
Mary M. Wright
- mainly US and Canadian confectionery in general; sweets, chocolate, etc
- a person or thing that is regarded as being attractive but superficialarm candy
- like taking candy from a baby informal very easy to accomplish
- to cause (sugar, etc) to become crystalline, esp by boiling or (of sugar) to become crystalline through boiling
- to preserve (fruit peel, ginger, etc) by boiling in sugar
- to cover with any crystalline substance, such as ice or sugar
Word Origin and History for candying
late 13c., "crystalized sugar," from Old French çucre candi "sugar candy," ultimately from Arabic qandi, from Persian qand "cane sugar," probably from Sanskrit khanda "piece (of sugar)," perhaps from Dravidian (cf. Tamil kantu "candy," kattu "to harden, condense").