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TIDBIT: Chocolatier Vs. Confectioner

What’s the difference between “chocolates” and “confections?” Is a “chocolatier” or chocolate shop the same as a “confectionary?” A confectionery (also spelled confectionary) is a confectioner’s shop—more popularly called a candy store or sweet shop. A chocolatier (a French word, pronounced cho-co-la-tee-YAY) is both the chocolate shop and the person who makes the chocolate. While both of these words are commonly used in American chocolate circles, the French words for confectioner, confiseur, and candy shop, confiserie, are not.

– The term “confection” refers to all candies and sweets, including candy bars, candied nuts, chocolate, fudge, hard candies, licorice, lollipops, marshmallows, marzipan, nougat, mints, toffee and other products, from cotton candy and candy canes to gum drops and gummi bears.

– The term applies to snack items, so any baked goods and ice cream sold at a confectionery are included.
  Nougat - Burdick ChocolateNougat (from Burdick Chocolate) is a confection.
So…if chocolate is a confection, what’s the difference between a chocolate shop and a confectioner’s shop?

– A chocolatier is a chocolate specialist, and generally makes some or all of the chocolates sold on the premises.

– While a chocolatier often makes marshmallows, marzipan, toffee and other confections, most of what is sold is chocolate-based or chocolate-coated.

– In a confectionary, you’ll find a balance of sweets, of which only a portion are chocolates.

Read more about chocolate in the Chocolate Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine. If you want to find the confectionery, you’ll have to look in the Candy Section and under Cookies, Cakes & Pastries.


  1. TIDBIT: Chocolatier Vs. Confectioner | ITSblog said,

    February 12, 2008 @ 8:29 am

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  2. Jessie said,

    March 4, 2008 @ 4:07 pm


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