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Confectionery are sweet food items that use various types of sugar as a core ingredient. Modern usage may include substances rich in artificial sweeteners as well. The word candy is also used for the extensive variety of candies that comprise confectionery.

Regional terms

  • In Britain, Ireland and some Commonwealth countries, "sweets", or "sweeties". In North-West England, especially Lancashire, toffees is often used as a generic term for all confectionery.
  • In Australia and New Zealand, "lollies".
  • In India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, "sweetmeat or sweetmeats".
  • In North America, "candy" - although this term can also refer to a specific range of confectionery and does not include some items called confectionery (e.g. pastry) (See below and the separate article on candy.)

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