For some reason, foodies have adopted this as a favorite word. They say something is "cloyingly sweet" all the time, and I never really knew what it meant. They use it in a context which I would take to mean 'too sweet', but the word itself sounds more like it's 'flirting with' or even subtly sweet. So, finally I looked it up in my handy-dandy paper dictionary, and it means "causing disgust or aversion through excess." Ah, ha! Learn something new every day.