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Sweets and other confectionery - synonyms or related words

barley sugar

noun

a hard sweet made from boiled sugar

boiled sweet

noun

British

a hard sweet, especially one that tastes of fruit

bubble gum

noun

a type of brightly coloured chewing gum that you can blow into to form a bubble

candy

noun

American

sweets or confectionery

candy

noun

American

a sweet

candyfloss

noun

British

a sweet food consisting of very thin strings of sugar wrapped around a stick. The American word is cotton candy.

caramel

noun

a sweet made from sugar, butter, and milk

chew

noun

British

a hard sweet that you have to chew until it is soft enough to swallow

chewing gum

noun

a type of sweet, usually flavoured with mint, that you chew for a long time but do not swallow

choc

noun

British

informal

a chocolate

choccy

noun

British

informal

a chocolate

chocolate

noun

a small sweet made from chocolate

cotton candy

noun

American

candyfloss

dark chocolate

noun

chocolate that is darker in colour than milk chocolate because it does not have any milk added to it

drop

noun

a small round sweet

Easter egg

noun

a chocolate egg that you give to someone as a present at Easter

fondant

noun

a small piece of fondant eaten as a sweet

gobstopper

noun

a large hard round sweet

gum

noun

chewing gum

gumdrop

noun

a firm fruit sweet made of jelly and covered with sugar

humbug

noun

a type of hard black and white sweet that tastes of peppermint

ice lolly

noun

British

a piece of sweet flavoured ice or ice cream on a stick. The American word is Popsicle.

jelly baby

noun

British

a soft brightly coloured sweet with a fruit flavour that is shaped like a person

jelly bean

noun

a soft brightly coloured sweet that is shaped like a bean

licorice

the American spelling of liquorice

liquorice

noun

a black substance with a strong flavour, used for making sweets and medicines

liquorice

noun

a sweet that is made from liquorice

lollipop

noun

a hard sweet on the end of a stick

marshmallow

noun

a soft pink or white sweet with a thick round shape

milk chocolate

noun

chocolate made with milk. Chocolate made without milk is called plain chocolate.

mint

noun

a sweet that tastes like peppermint

nougat

noun

a sweet food made of sugar, nuts, and small pieces of fruit

pastille

noun

a round sweet with a fruit flavour

peppermint

noun

a sweet with a peppermint flavour

plain chocolate

noun

British

a type of chocolate made without milk and with very little sugar. The American word is dark chocolate.

Popsicle

American

an ice lolly

praline

noun

a sweet made by boiling nuts in sugar

praline

noun

a chocolate sweet filled with a soft substance made from sugar and crushed nuts

rock

noun

British

a hard sweet in the shape of a solid tube called a stick. Rock is usually sold in seaside towns and has the name of the town written in it.

sherbet

noun

British

powder with a fizzy taste that is eaten as a sweet

sucker

noun

American

informal

a lollipop

sweet

noun

British

a small piece of sweet food made with sugar. The usual American word is candy

toffee

noun

a sweet sticky brown food made by cooking sugar, butter, and water at a high temperature, or a sweet made of this

toffee apple

noun

British

an apple covered in toffee and put on a stick

truffle

noun

a soft chocolate sweet that often has alcohol in it

tuck

noun

British

old-fashioned

sweets

Turkish delight

noun

a type of sweet made from square pieces of firm jelly covered with sugar

brinner

a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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