Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

About Cotton Candy

Cotton candy (US, Canada), candy floss or candyfloss (UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa), or fairy floss (Australia) is a form of spun sugar. Since cotton candy is mostly air, a small initial quantity of sugar generates a tremendously greater final volume, causing servings to be physically large and voluminous. A typical serving on a stick is approximately one ounce/30 grams. It is sometimes sold in bags containing several servings (see accompanying photos). Cotton candy is often served at carnivals or circuses. Food coloring can be used to change the natural white color. There are many flavors, including strawberry, lemonade, bluberry, lime, grape, orange, watermelon and the newest addition of pineapple mango. A similar confectionery is the Persian Pashmak, and the Turkish Pimaniye, although the latter is made with flour and water in addition to sugar. Cotton candy was first recorded in the 16th century.