In Sense and Sensibility (2008), there is a scene where Mrs. Ferrars is biting into what looks like gold rocks. As you can see from the picture, the object is hard and not very easy to bite into:

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What is Mrs. Ferrars putting into her mouth in this scene? Is this some type of food?

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These really look like golden almond dragees.

In many parts of Europe, in Lebanon, they're part of wedding and baptism. Almond are roasted, then coated with sugar and as you mention it, can be pretty hard to bite.

In some recipes, the almond is replaced by chocolate. It makes it less expensive but the coating is still hard.

almond dragees

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    Also known as just 'sugared almonds' when not gold coated - especially in the UK, where few people these days can actually correctly pronounce dragees ;)) [more like drazhays, than anything starring Ru Paul]
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 18:07
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    Definately. Only wealthy people could afford these, even at the start of the 20th century. It was a fairly big amount of money for poor people. People at the wedding would get a small bag with 3 or 4 of them sometimes.
    – OldPadawan
    Commented Jul 14, 2023 at 19:00
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    "In many parts of Europe, in Lebanon, they're part of wedding and baptism." For the past two decades at least, they haven't been around much. It's mostly a meditteranean (Italy, Greek) thing.
    – Mast
    Commented Jul 15, 2023 at 4:50
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    Further research: seems like it was a 5-pieces bag for wedding/baptism, each almond representing a wish for the person(s).
    – OldPadawan
    Commented Jul 15, 2023 at 8:05
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    – Mazura
    Commented Jul 15, 2023 at 15:33

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