Today we celebrate the fun food that nearly every child has eaten at one time or the other… COTTON CANDY! It’s so much fun because who would think of eating cotton? But cotton candy almost immediately melts in your mouth and is so yummy and sweet.
As we get older and have to face the big issues in life, it’s good to take a moment to close your eyes and think about fun moments of childhood. Today I will close my eyes and think about eating cotton candy at the circus. Every spot that got wet turned into a sticky mess!
The best technique is to pull a bite-size piece, but even then you have to make sure you didn’t get your fingers wet – lol. It’s just messy no matter how you eat it – but isn’t that part of the fun?
This sticky mess is known as cotton candy in the United States, India and Canada. It’s called candy floss in the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. My favorite name for it is fairy floss. If you’re in Australia, that’s what you call it.
Most cotton candy is sold from a bag these days, but when I was a kid, we got to watch them make it. It’s a form of spun sugar with dashes of flavoring and food coloring added. It’s made by heating sugar and spinning the liquefied sugar out through tiny holes where it re-solidifies in minutely thin strands of “sugar glass”.
Don’t you wonder who sits up at night thinking these things up?
Though cotton candy packs pounds on the body, it contains mostly air and weighs about an ounce. When I was a kid, cotton candy was sold on paper batons. Today it’s sold in plastic bags and you don’t get to watch them make it.
There are similar confections like the Persian Pashmak and the Turkish Pismaniye, but Pismaniye is made with flour and water in addition to sugar.
For the most part, it’s not the cotton candy that matters, but the memory that encompasses it. In my life, it was fun at the circus or the state fair with my parents. Good times – yeah, really good times. 🙂