[fon-duh nt; French fawn-dahn]
- a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies.
- a candy made of this paste.
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
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.
Close up and roll the dates in powdered sugar or else dip into fondant.
Fondant should cool quickly after it has been poured out on a platter or slab.
If preferred these may be dipped in fondant, or left as they are.
- a thick flavoured paste of sugar and water, used in sweets and icings
- a sweet made of this mixture
- (of a colour) soft; pastel
C19: from French, literally: melting, from fondre to melt, from Latin fundere; see found ³
Word Origin and History for fondant
1877, from French fondant, noun use of present participle of fondre "to melt" (see found (v.2)).
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