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fondant

[fon-duh nt; French fawn-dahn]
noun
  1. a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies.
  2. a candy made of this paste.
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Origin of fondant

1875–80; < French: literally, melting, present participle of fondre to melt, found3
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Examples from the Web for fondant

Historical Examples

  • 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 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

  • Fondant should cool quickly after it has been poured out on a platter or slab.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for fondant

fondant

noun
  1. a thick flavoured paste of sugar and water, used in sweets and icings
  2. a sweet made of this mixture
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adjective
  1. (of a colour) soft; pastel
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Word Origin

C19: from French, literally: melting, from fondre to melt, from Latin fundere; see found ³
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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)).

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