niggerball, noun

Forms:
Also nicker ball.
offensive
A large, round, black, aniseed-flavoured sweet which changes colour in successive layers when sucked. Also attributive.
1960 J. Taylor Ballad of the Southern Suburbs’. (lyrics)Ag Daddy how we miss Niggerballs and liquorice, Pepsi-cola, ginger-beer and Canada Dry.
1971 S. Western Herald 14 May 7‘Life is like a nigger ball, hard but nice,’ is the favourite quotation of a friend of mine.
1975 S. Roberts Outside Life’s Feast 7Bevvy..saw a blue-pink palely purple nigger-ball sky...Nigger-balls are the best sweets...When the black is sucked off you get pink and blue and blue-green, but you can’t bite them until you’ve sucked them small or you’ll chip your teeth.
1983 J. Allan in Sunday Times 2 Jan. (Lifestyle) 5She cheers up a bit when we stop at the Greek caffie on the corner and buy some nigger balls for her from the machine.
1986 P. Le Roux in Burman & Reynolds Growing Up 185I remember occasionally buying a penny’s ‘nicker’ balls or some black toffees at the store in the mining compound only half a mile from our house.
1993 Grocott’s Mail 20 July 4In 1979 when it (sc. ‘The Ballad of the Southern Suburbs’) was included in an Oxford book on South African verse, the editors changed the word ‘niggerballs’ in one of the choruses to ‘acid drops’.
A large, round, black, aniseed-flavoured sweet which changes colour in successive layers when sucked. Also attributive.
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