Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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kisses, a century ago, referred to a broad range of sweets. In the United States a candy kiss was any soft, mouth-sized bite of candy. Europeans also used the word “kiss” for small sweet confections; Germans called meringue by the French word baiser, and many Americans used the English translation “French kiss.” See meringue. In northern Europe, variations on “kiss” have been used since the nineteenth century for small sweets, in particular, the “choco-kiss,” a foamy marshmallow-like confection dipped in chocolate.