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A candy consisting of a nut, seed, or other center coated in sugar.
- ‘They would often prepare egg custard, comfits, lambs' tails, white sugar sweets, fig pies and wafers, and give their mothers nosegays of wild flowers that had been blessed in church.’
- ‘Left whole and coated with sugar rather than roasted, the seeds make a dessert-type treat called coriander comfit.’
- ‘Early versions contained caraway comfits; seeds alone came into use in the 18th century.’
- ‘The rustle and bustle that regularly sweeps the British front row at the shows is usually just some generous soul handing round a bag of licorice comfits.’
- ‘The winning pudding, from staff at Bentleys Restaurant in Shelf, sat on a pot roast of Yorkshire lamb, comfit of local vegetables with Wakefield leek, keelan potatoes and jus of garden mint.’
Middle English: from Old French confit, from Latin confectum ‘something prepared’, neuter past participle of conficere ‘put together’ (see confect).
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