Boston baked beans

plural noun

Definition of Boston baked beans

1 singular or plural in construction : beans (such as navy beans) seasoned with molasses and salt pork and baked for a relatively long time at a relatively low temperature Fish cakes were served with Boston baked beans. The beans, tasting of the signature Boston ingredient, molasses, were a little soupy but good.— Karl Wells "What you ought to do is send a guy in a big chef's hat to Thompson along with a crock of Boston baked beans and maybe even a lobster," [politician] Mario Cuomo told the Dukakis camp.— Michael Kramer
2 : a confection made of peanuts with a red candy shell Inside is a counter containing more than 65 varieties of penny candy—most of it no longer costing a penny but still including most old-time varieties: nonpareils … jawbreakers and Boston baked beans.— Linda Charlton

First Known Use of Boston baked beans

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Sep 2020

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“Boston baked beans.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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