Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sweet creamy sugar paste used in candies and icings.
  • n. A candy containing this paste.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flavored sugar preparation, used for icing cakes.
  • n. Dark chocolate.
  • n. A croquette.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of soft candy, made of a thick creamy sugar paste by boiling solutions to the point of crystallization, and usually molded.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, stooping, as for prey: said of an eagle, a falcon, etc.
  • n. A thick, smooth, creamy paste of sugar, used as a basis of French cream candies.
  • n. The base or flux, in enamel, which is colored throughout by metallic oxids while in a state of fusion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. candy made of a thick creamy sugar paste

Etymologies

French, from present participle of fondre, to melt, from Latin fundere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
19th century. From French fondant ("melting"), from fondre ("to melt"), from Latin fundere ("to melt"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The name fondant comes from the French fondre, meaning “to melt,” and fondant is the base for what are called candy “creams,” the flavored, moist, melt-in-the-mouth interiors of filled chocolates and other candies.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • The "tiers" (the base and the middle) are foam board wrapped in fondant, and were planned to be that way from the get-go to support the weight of the cake.

    Boing Boing

  • The fondant is (obviously) where I began to struggle.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • In most of these cake show challenges, each cake is literally draped in fondant, which brings nothing to the flavor of the cake, and exists solely as a sculpting agent.

    'Top Chef: Just Desserts': Who wants to watch another show about cake? | EW.com

  • Austin includes directions for using a specific kind of fondant, which is something most home bakers don't mess with, and food-safe markers.

    Holiday Cookies preview: Carla's and Maggie's

  • Its time for the fondant, which is mixed with green food paste and kneaded to achieve a uniform color before its rolled flat.

    Let Me Eat Cake

  • It's time for the fondant, which is mixed with green food paste and kneaded to achieve a uniform color before its rolled flat.

    Let Me Eat Cake

  • Real fondant, which is basically 100% sugar, is also more expensive than buttercream, and some places will use a fake fondant that is pretty gross.

    Love is in the Air...

  • Desserts include grappa chocolate fondant, which is a dome of dark chocolate mousse under a layer of chocolate, served with ricotta ice cream studded with slivered almonds, and a wonderful lemon brioche with lemon chibouste.

    Battered Manhattan Sinks into Pillows of Gnocchi

  • However under the fondant was a wonderful chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream.

    project wedding cake: an introduction | smitten kitchen

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  • Used as a frosting/icing for cakes

    February 17, 2008