Licorice comfits

Comfits are confectionery consisting of dried fruits, nuts, seeds or spices coated with sugar candy. Almond comfits (also known as "sugar almonds" or "Jordan almonds") in a muslin bag or other decorative container, are a traditional gift at baptism and wedding celebrations in many countries of Europe and the Middle East, a custom which has spread to other countries such as Australia and Puerto Rico. While licorice comfits (also known as torpedoes because of their shape) are multi-coloured, almond comfits are usually white for weddings but may be brightly coloured for other occasions.

A late medieval recipe for comfits[1] is based on anise seeds, and suggests also making comfits with fennel, caraway, coriander, and diced ginger. These aniseed comfits seem to be a precursor of modern aniseed balls.

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  1. ^ *British Library, Harleian collection, BL MS Harley. 2378. Composite Miscellany of Medical, Culinary and Alchemical Texts and Recipes. late 14th-15th cent..

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  • Comfit — Com fit, n. [F. confit, prop. a p. p., fr. confire to preserve, pickle, fr. L. conficere to prepare; con + facere to make. See {Fact}, and cf. {Confect}.] A dry sweetmeat; any kind of fruit, root, or seed preserved with sugar and dried; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Comfit — Com fit, v. t. To preserve dry with sugar. [1913 Webster] The fruit which does so quickly waste, . . . Thou comfitest in sweets to make it last. Cowley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comfit — early 14c., sugarplum, from O.Fr. confit preserved fruit, from L. confectum, from confectionem (see CONFECTION (Cf. confection)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • comfit — [kum′fit, käm′fit] n. [ME & OFr confit, orig., pp. of confire, to preserve < L conficere: see CONFECT] a candy or sweetmeat; esp., a candied fruit, nut, etc …   English World dictionary

  • comfit — noun Etymology: Middle English confit, from Anglo French *confit, from past participle of confire, cumfire to prepare, from Latin conficere, from com + facere to make more at do Date: 14th century a candy consisting of a piece of fruit, a root… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • comfit — /kum fit, kom /, n. a candy containing a nut or piece of fruit. [1300 50; ME confit < MF < L confectum something prepared. See CONFECT] * * * …   Universalium

  • comfit — noun a) A confection consisting of a nut, seed or fruit coated with sugar. b) A computerised image of a suspect produced for the police force. See Also: comfiture …   Wiktionary

  • comfit — Synonyms and related words: Jell O, blancmange, candy, compote, confection, confectionery, confiture, conserve, frosting, gelatin, glaze, honey, icing, jam, jelly, marmalade, meringue, mousse, preserve, sweet, sweet stuff, sweetmeat, sweets,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • comfit — see CONFETTI …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • comfit — com·fit || kÊŒmfɪt n. candy, sweet …   English contemporary dictionary

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