Barley sugar

Barley sugar

Barley sugar (or barley sugar candy) is a traditional variety of British boiled sweet, or hard candy, yellow or orange in colour with an extract of barley added as flavouring. It is similar to hard caramel in its texture and taste.


Barley sugar was made in the 17th century by boiling down refined cane sugar with barley water, cream of tartar, and water.During the 18th century metal molds were used to create the shapes known as Barley Sugar Clear Toys, a popular Victorian Christmas treat. Many modern confectioners [,1977,FOOD_9936_18526,00.html Barley CandyRecipe courtesy Ye Olde Pepper Companie, LTD. Boston, MA] make barley candy without barley allowing the name to become a euphemistic term. [ Timberlake Candies] The FDA discourages calling a product "barley sugar" or "barley candy" unless the product actually includes barley. [ Sec. 515.500 Barley Sugar - Definition, and Barley Sugar Candy]

Barley sugar candy

Barley sugar candy differs from barley sugar by the presence of corn syrup and the absence of cream of tartar. This recipe increases the stability of the candy, improves the durability, and prevents liquefaction. Traditionally barley candy was used to soothe sore throats and calm upset stomachs.

40 Hour Famine

Barley sugars are the only food allowed to be eaten in the 40 Hour Famine, an annual event which draws attention to world hunger. A single barley sugar is allowed to be consumed once every 4 hours during the 40 Hour Famine [ [ World Vision Australia - 40 Hour Famine - The Famine Weekend: Famine Guidelines ] ] .


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  • Barley sugar — Barley Bar ley, n. [OE. barli, barlich, AS. b[ae]rlic; bere barley + l[=i]c (which is prob. the same as E. like, adj., or perh. a form of AS. le[=a]c leek). AS. bere is akin to Icel, barr barley, Goth. barizeins made of barley, L. far spelt; cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barley sugar — n. a clear, hard candy made by melting sugar, formerly with a barley extract added …   English World dictionary

  • barley sugar — barley .sugar n [U and C] BrE a hard sweet made of boiled sugar …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • barley sugar — ► NOUN ▪ an amber coloured sweet made of boiled sugar …   English terms dictionary

  • barley sugar — noun or barley candy : a transparent brittle confection produced by melting and then cooling cane sugar * * * noun, pl ⋯ gars [count, noncount] Brit : a clear hard candy made from boiled sugar * * * ˈbarley sugar [barley sugar] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • barley sugar — UK / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms barley sugar : singular barley sugar plural barley sugars a hard sweet made from boiled sugar …   English dictionary

  • barley sugar — N UNCOUNT Barley sugar is a sweet made from boiled sugar …   English dictionary

  • barley-sugar — noun a brittle transparent candy made by melting and cooling cane sugar • Syn: ↑barley candy • Hypernyms: ↑hard candy * * * barˈley sugar adjective • • • Main Entry: ↑barley …   Useful english dictionary

  • barley sugar — a brittle, amber colored, transparent candy, formerly boiled in a decoction of barley, consisting of sugar, cream of tartar, and orange or lemon juice, usually twisted into strips or molded into a variety of shapes. Also called barley candy.… …   Universalium

  • barley sugar — /ˈbali ʃʊgə/ (say bahlee shooguh) noun a sweet made from boiled sugar, originally boiled in a decoction of barley. Also, barleysugar …  

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