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A booth selling candy
Liquorice is a candy flavored with the extract of the roots of the liquorice plant. It is very popular in Finland.
White disk-shaped candies
Baasha are one of the many traditional candies found in South Asia. Flavored varieties include nuts and mint

Candy, also called sweets or lollies, is a confection that features sugar as a principal ingredient. The category, called sugar confectionery, encompasses any sweet confection, including chocolate, chewing gum, and sugar candy. Vegetables, fruit, or nuts which have been glazed and coated with sugar are said to be candied.

Physically, candy is characterized by the use of a significant amount of sugar, or, in the case of sugar-free candies, by the presence of sugar substitutes. Unlike a cake or loaf of bread that would be shared among many people, candies are usually made in smaller pieces. However, the definition of candy also depends upon how people treat the food. Unlike sweet pastries served for a dessert course at the end of a meal, candies are normally eaten casually, often with the fingers, as a snack between meals. Each culture has its own ideas of what constitutes candy rather than dessert. The same food may be a candy in one culture and a dessert in another.<ref name=":0">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Candy sections
Intro  Definition and classification  History   Production   Packaging  Shelf life  Nutrition   Health effects    Sales    Cultural significance   See also  References  External links  

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