Sugar boiled in a decoction of barley. It is not now made so,
but with saffron, sugar, and water, flavoured with oil of citron,
orange, or lemon.
“Barley sugar was prepared by boiling down ordinary sugar in a
decoction of pearl-barley.” —Knowledge (July 6th, 1883).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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