Dolly mixture is a British confection, consisting of a variety of multi-coloured fondant shapes, such as cubes and cylinders, with subtle flavourings. The mixture consists of small soft sweets and sugar-coated jellies.
The origins of the name are uncertain. It has been passed down through family history, that the name came from the daughter of one of the confectioners that created the product, Mr Clayton (Dolly was the pet name for his eldest daughter Dorothy) but some people[who?] have speculated it originated around the time of the British Raj in India, where dal (or dahl) is a dried mixture of beans, peas, or legumes of different sizes and colours. Over time the name dhal mixture is thought to have led to the name dolly mixture.
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