What’s the difference between lollies, candies, and sweets? Are they the same thing?

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What’s the difference between lollies, candies, and sweets? Are they the same thing?

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A lolli, is in reference to a lollipop, which can mean a great many things, in general they have a stick in them. Candies (candy) while these days could be an overarching term for all three original were fruit flavored as a byproduct of canning, especially of jellies, you don’t have to go far from jelly to fruit candy, just a bit more sugar and your jelly will turn hard as a rock. (Also where rock candy comes from, just cooked sugar and water). And sweets in the general comes from anything that can be considered sweet from breads to chocolates, though in some countries sweets and candies can be interposed or juxtaposed.

They’re terms used in different regions. They’re not exactly the same in common usage but there’s a lot of overlap and any thesaurus will tell you they’re synonyms, they all refer to some kind of confectionery.

Lollies usually refers to small sugary snacks, small enough to be eaten in one or two bites. It typically does not include cakes or regular size chocolate bars, though smaller chocolates (eg. pralines or fun-size bars) may be included.

Candy/candies refers to the same thing as lollies, but generally also includes full-size chocolate bars. Bars can also be specifically referred to as candy bars.

Sweets are basically the same as candy. However sweets can also mean dessert, the sweet course of a meal served after the main course.