Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sweetmeat of boiled brown sugar or molasses with almonds, flavoured with orange or lemon juice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sweetmeat of boiled brown sugar or molasses made with almonds, and flavored with orange or lemon juice, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sweetmeat made of boiled brown sugar or treacle with blanched almonds, and flavored with the juice of lemons, oranges, or the like: a kind of taffy.

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

  • n. a British sweet made with molasses and butter and almonds

Etymologies

hard +‎ bake (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Certain glistening squares of sticky white substance on a corner shelf commended themselves to her notice as specimens of stale 'nougat,' wherein the almonds represented a remote antiquity, -- and a mass of stringy yellow matter laid out in lumps on blue paper and marked 'One Penny per ounce' claimed attention as a certain 'hardbake' peculiar to St. Rest, which was best eaten in a highly glutinous condition.

    God's Good Man

  • A dreadful day it was for young Dobbin when one of the youngsters of the school, having run into the town upon a poaching excursion for hardbake and polonies, espied the cart of Dobbin & Rudge, Grocers and Oilmen, Thames Street, London, at the Doctor’s door, discharging a cargo of the wares in which the firm dealt.

    Vanity Fair

  • Pencil and squared paper are poor means of conveying information at any time, and when the Adjutant had been assured that the business was really "wholesale hardware," and not "wholesale hardbake," as he had first read it, everything went swimmingly.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 156, January 29, 1919

  • When prison air and prison influence have succeeded in incasing a man with the sort of moral hardbake that renders him callous to those feelings which at first so gall the raw spots, he finds himself watching with curiosity the shapings of newcomers.

    Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison Fifteen Years in Solitude

  • A dreadful day it was for young Dobbin when one of the youngsters of the school, having run into the town upon a poaching excursion for hardbake and polonies, espied the cart of Dobbin & Rudge, Grocers and Oilmen, Thames Street, London, at the Doctor’s door, discharging a cargo of the wares in which the firm dealt.

    V. Dobbin of Ours

  • It was crammed with cakes, butterscotch, hardbake, pots of jam, and even a bottle of ginger wine—enough to compromise a chameleon!

    Vice Versa or A Lesson to Fathers

  • It's a very, very good dinner -- rabbit, and hardbake, and coconut -- and you needn't mind us knowing you're poor, because we know honourable poverty is no disgrace, and -- 'I could have gone on much longer, but he interrupted me to say --' Upon my word!

    The Story of the Treasure Seekers

  • And we gave H.O. some of the hardbake, to make it easier for him to keep his vow.

    The Story of the Treasure Seekers

  • And we got hardbake and raspberry noyau and peppermint rock and oranges and a coconut, with other nice things.

    The Story of the Treasure Seekers

  • They were by this time near the great streets of booths, up and down which the majority of the people strolled; some buying articles long wished for, but unobtainable at any other time; some eagerly visiting every show in succession; other shooting at targets for prizes -- clay pipes and piles of thin hardbake in the shape of a cornucopia, five to each successful shot, or bags of nuts.

    Chatterbox, 1906

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