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Barley sugar is only available by special order. Please email me if you are interested, thanks.

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Barley sugar (or barley sugar candy) is a traditional variety of British boiled sweet, or hard candy, yellow or orange in colour with an extract of barley added as flavouring.

It is said that during various French/English wars “burnt sugar” (sucre brûlé) was brought by the French to England, and mistranslated as “barley sugar”; the name was then reimported to France as sucre d’orge as the literal translation (orge meaning “barley”). So both French and the English speakers call it barley sugar although its content of barley (in the form of barley water) is minimal.

Barley sugar was made in the 17th century by boiling down refined cane sugar with barley water, cream of tartar, and water. A recipe was created in 1638 by the Benedictine monks of Moret-sur-Loing, France, and there is a “Barley Sugar Museum” (Le Musée du Sucre d’Orge) in the town.

Traditionally Barley Candy and was used to soothe a sore throat and calm upset stomachs.

In more recent times, oncologists recommend the consumption of  citrus  flavoured  Barley Candy for their chemotherapy patients. Patients find it helpful in relieving the dry mouth and metallic taste which are common conditions resulting from their chemotherapy treatment.


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