The name bonbon (or bon-bons) refers to any of several types of sweets, especially small candies coated in chocolate. The word originated from the German language, meaning "candy" or "sweetie".
The first reports of bonbons come from the 17th century, when they were made at the French royal court. Their name arose from the infantile reduplication of the word bon, meaning 'good'. In modern French and several other European languages, the term simply refers to any type of candy or small confection.