Candy also called sweets (British English) or lollies (Australian English New Zealand English) 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 that 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 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.