One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A candy consisting of a center covered with a coating, such as a sugared almond or a chocolate.
- ‘They were inspired by the traditional French confectionery item, dragées, which are provided by godmothers for guests at christenings, and which originally had an almond in the centre.’
- ‘In the confectionery industry today, fruit pastes appear to have been reduced to a minor role as centres for fondant, chocolates, and dragées.’
- 1.1 A small silver ball for decorating cookies or a cake.
- ‘Silver dragées, often used for cake decorations, are dragées given a final tumbling with a little gum solution and sheets of fine silver leaf in a glass pan.’
- ‘Once iced you can apply silver dragées, or other sprinkles just as mentioned with the frosting above, before it hardens.’
Late 17th century (also denoting a mixture of spices): French, from Old French dragie (see dredge).
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