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Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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A term with blurred edges but generally indicating a delicacy which is sweet, is usually eaten with the fingers, and keeps for some time. The word ‘confection’ is related to medieval Latin confecta and the English word comfit, with meanings associated with the preparation of a mixture, and preservation in sugar.

Some but not all confectionery items are associated with particular festivals, for example Easter eggs (see easter foods); or locations, as in seaside rock; or rewards and luxury, for instance hand-made chocolates.