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Brachos Quiz: A Fruit and A Candy - One Bracha? Two? What Order?
Sugar grows from a tree. Since processed sugar has been totally altered from its original form we make Shehakol. However there are minority opinions that hold since this form is the way it is intended to be used the proper bracha should be Ha'etz. Although we pasken that we make Shehakol if one eats a fruit and makes Ha'etz it is possible that he doesn't need to make another bracha on the sugar. Therefore it becomes a question of a "Bracha L'Vatala" which has far more severe implications. If you reverse the order and you say Shehakol first it would be less problematic but one should say Ha'etz first since it is a more specific bracha and it takes precedence.
The Btzel Hachochma (2:5) compares this to eating a fruit and fruit juice. In that case he paskens like those who say to make a Ha'etz on the fruit and have in mind that the bracha does not go on the juice. If one didn't have in mind then he brings a Magen Avrohom that says you should find something that is definitely Shehakol and make a bracha on that and then drink the juice.
In the case of candies he says even if you didn't have in mind not to be yotzeh with the Ha'etz, you can make a shehakol on the candy since today no has even a shadow of doubt to make ha'etz on a candy so it's as if he had in mind that the Ha'etz shouldn't patur the candy. Furthermore he says even according to those who say to make Ha'etz on a sugar in the case of a candy it is very doubtful that anyone would hold that one should make Ha'etz because of all the other ingredients added.
Another point he makes is that today most of the sugar is not made from the cane and if the bracha were not Shehakol it would probably be Ha'Adama.
Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.
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