Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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HAWICK, n. Add Comb.: Hawick ba, also Hawick ball. A kind of round, brown, peppermint-flavoured boiled sweet, made in Hawick.Sc. 1999 Laura Mason Sweets and Sweet Shops 26:
Mint flavours had been popular for at least a century. Local products such as Jeddart Snails, Hawick Balls (both made in the Scottish borders), Uncle Joe's Mint Balls (Lancashire) and the black bullets of north-eastern confectioners reflect these early sweets ...
Sc. 2004:
Ye can still buy yon auld traditional sweets like soor plooms an Jethart Snails, an a Hawick ba' can still bring a tear tae yer ee.

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