hard candy


Definition of hard candy

: a candy made of sugar and corn syrup boiled without crystallizing

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Roaming the aisles of the largest CBD expo in the United States taking place in Miami Beach this weekend resembles a walk through a candy store, with jars of gumballs, gummies and hard candy on display, all infused with CBD. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Just chillin': CBD won’t get you high, but it can ease what ails you, vendors say," 3 Aug. 2019 Among other things, city employees used an air compressor to shoot metal screws, wooden strips, popcorn kernels and hard candy at Rawlins, according to his lawsuit. oregonlive.com, "City of Portland to settle ‘extreme hazing’ lawsuit for $80,000," 28 July 2019 According to the Zollipop website, the line features lollipops, hard candy drops and taffy that help clean teeth. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan teen’s sugar-free candy to hit Meijer shelves this month," 11 July 2019 Sometimes fentanyl is absorbed through patches applied to the skin, or people consume it by sucking on hard candies dosed with the drug. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Fentanyl rising as killer in San Francisco — 57 dead in a year," 23 June 2019 Always have on hand: cleansing wipes, sanitizer, small trash bag, water bottle, protein bar/drink/snack, hard candy, and extra undergarments. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Veronica — How to keep appointments and paperwork from wearing you down," 21 June 2019 Don't offer high-risk foods like grapes, popcorn, chunks of meat and cheese and hard candy. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Family Brings to Light the Dangers of Popcorn After Toddler Dies From Choking on a Kernel," 23 Nov. 2016 Because of medicines giving me dry mouth, my dentist said eat sugar-free hard candies. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Breath Mints to Carry Around With You All Day," 7 Dec. 2018 In a presentation posted online, the agency identified colorful gummy-style and hard candies as ripe for a regulatory crackdown. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Washington to ‘reevaluate’ marijuana edibles, crack down on products that might appeal to kids," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hard candy

1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard candy was in 1878

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English Language Learners Definition of hard candy

: a small, hard piece of candy with a sweet and usually fruity flavor

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