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[fon-duh nt; French fawn-dahn] /ˈfɒn dənt; French fɔ̃ˈdɑ̃/
a thick, creamy sugar paste, the basis of many candies.
a candy made of this paste.
Origin of fondant
1875-80; < French: literally, melting, present participle of fondre to melt, found3 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fondant
  • Fill an oiled border-mould with three layers of melted fondant.
  • Shareable treats include warm chocolate fondant and apple tarts, which guests may partner with dessert wines.
  • It was handmade from sugar syrup, fondant, and marshmallows.
  • Make some grey-colored fondant for the base and white for the body.
  • But layered with sturdy puff pastry and capped with a distinctive fondant hat.
  • The chef's signature dishes are snails and garlic ravioli or confit leg of duck with fondant potatoes.
  • End with the chocolate fondant with jalapeño peppers or, if available, the dreamy lemon soufflé.
  • fondant can be made at home from scratch or readymade varieties can be purchased from baking supply shops.
British Dictionary definitions for fondant


a thick flavoured paste of sugar and water, used in sweets and icings
a sweet made of this mixture
(of a colour) soft; pastel
Word Origin
C19: from French, literally: melting, from fondre to melt, from Latin fundere; see found³
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Word Origin and History for fondant

1877, from French fondant, noun use of present participle of fondre "to melt" (see found (v.2)).

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