Confectionery is the art of creating sugar based dessert forms, or subtleties, often with pastillage. From the Old French confection, origin of Latin confectio, from conficere, to “put together”.
Traditional confectionery goes back to ancient times, and continued to be eaten through the Middle Ages into the modern era.
Confections include sweet foods, sweetmeats, digestive aids that are sweet, elaborate creations, and something amusing and frivolous.
Modern usage may include substances rich in artificial sweeteners as well.
The words candy, sweets, and lollies are also used for the extensive variety of confectionery.
Generally, confections are low in micronutrients but rich in calories. Specially formulated chocolate has been manufactured in the past for military use as a high density food energy source.