rock candy


: boiled sugar crystallized in large masses on string

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The coal is actually rock candy, said Diana Garvin, an assistant professor of Italian at the University of Oregon. Gina Rich, Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2022 The rock candy can be found in the spice aisle. Mabel Wong, Journal Sentinel, 13 Dec. 2022 Decide between flan adorned with rock candy cherry blossom dust and caramel deco or a warm cast iron apple crisp partnered with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and passion fruit marmalade for dessert. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2022 This readymade Old Fashioned has roots in the 19th century, specifically a practice where barkeeps would pour a shot of Hochstadter's rye whiskey and then allow patrons to add in rock candy. Mark Stock, Men's Health, 29 Nov. 2022 Good to know: Some folks like to dissolve rock candy in hot tea, instead of crunching it immediately. Mary Colurso |, al, 22 July 2022 The bright pink drink comes garnished with a stick of rock candy. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2022 The bottom of the roll, where sugar and margarine seeped into the pan and caramelized while baking, was a quarter-inch layer of basically crumbly rock candy. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 The snack table was covered in sweet treats, including a cake with pink icing and cookies in the shape of the girls' names, plus a big container of pink rock candy. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 16 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rock candy was circa 1706

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“Rock candy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

rock candy

: boiled sugar crystallized on a string
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