Cotton Candy Is Really Having a Moment Right Now
No wonder this stuff was once called fairy floss — it’s magical!
Happy National Cotton Candy Day! And not that you need one, but it's perfect excuse to enjoy one of those sweet, fluffy, clouds composed of mere sugar. The spinning of the machine as the candy twirls into a sugary tornado is the stuff childhood memories are made of. Sweet, sweet memories.
But the cotton candy of your youth has spun in all sorts of sweet directions since it was first invented in 1897 by an unlikely dentist and confectioner duo. They forced liquid sugar through miniscule holes in a machine that spun almost as fast as your favorite carnival ride. As the syrup sprayed through the small holes it solidified into the sugary threads we've all come to love.
Today, confectioners are dreaming up some of the most over-the-top cotton candy creations — and yeah, they are definitely worth a trip to the dentist. Here are some of the most creative ways you can celebrate cotton candy, over 100 years after it was created!
First up, you can now rosé the day away with something else that's pink — a cotton candy-wrapped frosé sundae! Find this sophisticated and nostalgic frozen treat from at Rainbow Room in NYC.
Willy Wonka would be proud of the whimsicle creations Dylan's Candy Bar continues to churn out. This famous NYC candy shop now offers cotton candy art at their Third Ave and Union Square stores. They're bigger than your head!
Sure, cheesy burritos are great... but have you tried a cotton candy burrito? Fluffy clouds of sugar encase all sorts of wonderful sweet things at Creamberry in Las Vegas. Chgoose your favorite ice cream, cookie and candy combo to create a one-of-a-kind dessert.
This cotton candy art is the hair we bet Marie Antoinette wishes she had. If you want to indulge in style, check out Barton G in LA.
NYC's The Bagel Store offers a cotton candy bagel with birthday cake cream cheese. It's a holiday — treat yourself! (But maybe just for dessert — not breakfast.)
These creamy soft-serve creations topped with sculpted cotton candy are almost too cute to be true! If you want to get your hands on one of these Instagram-worthy treats, head to Binki Cafe in New York City.