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Title: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: Nick on September 13, 2011, 05:00:27 AM
For a book I'm currently working on, I need to find out the US equivalent of the British term 'boiled sweets'.

In Britain, these are typically hard, translucent, fruit-favoured sweets (sorry, candies!) that you suck rather than chew. They are normally individually wrapped in clear (or partly printed) plastic wrappers.

I'm thinking 'hard candies' might be a term used, but I'm not sure if this is right, and internet searches haven't helped much. Any guidance, from US members especially, will be much appreciated.

Many thanks!

Nick  :)
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: Skip Slocum on September 13, 2011, 05:17:57 AM
Old-School name was, 'Hard-Rock-Candy' but now days I know it as 'Hard-Candy'

Some other types that are spherical and not translucent are known as, 'Jawbreakers'.

(South Western USA)

Skip
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: Nick on September 13, 2011, 05:38:20 AM
Thanks, Skip. I might stick with 'hard candy' then (no pun intended). Good to have that confirmed.

I'd guess that 'jawbreakers' are what we in Britain know as 'gobstoppers'  :D

Any other comments or suggestions are still welcome.

Nick   :)
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: midnight candle on September 13, 2011, 05:39:51 AM
I'd guess that 'jawbreakers' are what we in Britain know as 'gobstoppers'  :D

They're called jawbreakers here as well Nick.
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: Nick on September 13, 2011, 05:45:48 AM
LOL. Showing my age, I guess. But back in the days when I was young, we only ever called them gobstoppers. My guess would be that the US term has travelled across the pond since then.
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: Spell Chick on September 13, 2011, 07:32:38 AM
I was thinking of particular brands of candies like Life Savers or Jolly Ranchers. Either of those could be looked at from Google images to see if they are what you are talking about. They are, I suppose, technically jawbreakers, but I've always thought of those as being spherical.

Life Savers are shaped like a life preserver and Jolly Ranchers are blocks.

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: midnight candle on September 13, 2011, 07:33:54 AM
LOL. Showing my age, I guess. But back in the days when I was young, we only ever called them gobstoppers. My guess would be that the US term has travelled across the pond since then.

I still call them gobstoppers but my kids call them jawbreakers. I like gobstoppers and wish they would :)
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: A.W.M on September 13, 2011, 09:24:20 AM
Back in my day,  Jawbreakers were rather large, colorful candy coated balls of Bubble gum.  Course, if you went back to my days, you'd have to travel a piece. ;D
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on September 13, 2011, 11:23:19 AM
Despite the fact that both Jawbreakers and Hard Candies are hard, they are two different things.

Jawbreakers (in my part of the US) of old were almost as big around as a quarter; a thin layer of colored coating on the outside and inside, and hard enough to last for hours - depending on how determined you were at 'working' on it.

Hard Candy comes in various colors and flavors, small in size and easily tucked to the side of the mouth if you needed to answer the phone or even speak to someone in person. Flavors such as peppermint are handy when you want fresher breath and your mouth is dry.  ;)
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: thatollie on September 13, 2011, 11:28:49 AM
Nick, it might be worth using a brand name as some of these are international (such as Jolly Ranchers). It's also more specific, which is always good.
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: Don on September 13, 2011, 06:28:24 PM
http://www.bulkfoods.com/hard_candies.asp
Title: Re: Research question: US equivalent of boiled sweets?
Post by: Nick on September 14, 2011, 03:59:58 AM
Thanks for all your comments, guys. Great link, Don!

This is actually for a non-fiction book and I don't want to be too specific about brands (would be different with fiction, of course, where specific is often best).

I've gone with hard candy, anyway, and submitted to the publisher now, so no further input is required. Thanks again, though, everyone - I really do appreciate your help.

Nick  :)
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