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Or candy floss! Or fairy floss! Or Papa’s beard! Personally, I prefer “candy floss,” the British appellation, because it conjures a host of potential nightmares for dental technicians; while I have the utmost respect for those lovely people, there’s the evil gnome in me that would love to see “candy floss” in the dental hygiene aisle just to vex them. “Fairy floss” is a perfectly scrumptious name, and it pleases me immeasurably to think of burly, stubbly Aussie blokes ordering up “fairy floss” for their sweet little children. And speaking of stubble, who in the hell thought it was a good idea to call something you wrap on a stick and eat “Papa’s beard”? Regardless of what other people call it, it’s heaven on earth. Just not to a dentist.
- 4 cups (800 grams) sugar
- 1 cup (240 milliliters) corn syrup
- 1 cup (240 milliliters) water
- ¾ teaspoon (1 ½ grams) salt
- 1 teaspoon (5 milliliters) raspberry extract (or any flavor you like)
- 2 drops pink (or any color) food coloring (optional)
Cover 8 cardboard paper-towel tubes with parchment (I just loosely tape the parchment onto the tube). Set aside. With a damp pastry brush, wipe down the sides of the pan to prevent stray sugar crystals from forming.
In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Stir until the sugar is melted. Clip on a candy thermometer, stop stirring, and heat to 320 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius). Pour the molten liquid into a shallow heatproof container. Add the extract and food coloring (if using) and stir well. Line your work table with parchment. I also spread parchment on the floor around the table to catch any stray bits of flying sugar.
Dip your decapitated whisk into the sugar syrup and hold it over the pot to let the sugar drip back into container for a second. Holding the whisk a foot (30 centimeters) above the parchment, swing the whisk back and forth so that thin strands of sugar fall on the paper. Repeat this a few more times until you have a nice nest of spun sugar.
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While the recipe below is quite detailed, I find visual cues to be super helpful!
Below are some photos and a video tutorial of the process to help guide you through this recipe for French cotton candy macarons.
Step #1: Prep Your Ingredients and Equipment
After weighing your ingredients, wipe down your mixing bowl and whisk attachment with a bit of vinegar or lemon juice to remove any residual grease. This helps the meringue whip up better!
Step #2: Sift Your Dry Ingredients
Sifting your superfine almond flour and powdered sugar will help your macaron shells turn out nice and smooth.
This step makes sure that no chunks of almond or powdered sugar get mixed into your macaron batter.
Step #3: Make French Meringue
Next it&rsquos time to make the French meringue! Whisk the egg whites on a medium speed until soft peaks form, then add in the granulated sugar.
Once the sugar is incorporated, add in gel food coloring if desired. Then increase the speed to medium high and mix until stiff peaks form like in the photo below.
Keep a close eye on your mixer to avoid over mixing your meringue.
Step #3: Mix the Dry Ingredients Into The Meringue
Fold the dry ingredients into the meringue in two additions, scooping around the sides of the bowl then pulling through the center.
The batter should form a thick ribbon that flows off your spatula when it&rsquos lifted.
Step #4: Pipe the Macaron Shells
Fill a large piping bag with the macaron batter and pipe 1 1/4 inch rounds onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
Firmly bang or drop your pans on the counter a few times to bring any trapped air bubbles to the surface and pop them with a toothpick.
This can help you avoid hollow or cracked shells.
Step #5: Rest Your Piped Macarons
Next let the macarons rest for 30 minutes until they form a skin.
They should be mostly dry to the touch and look matte once they&rsquore ready to be baked! While the shells rest preheat your oven.
Step #6: Bake Your Macarons
Bake one tray of macarons at a time and place the tray on the middle rack of your oven. Let the macarons cool fully on the pan then gently remove them from the silpat mat.
Step #7: Assembling Your Cotton Candy Macarons
The final step is to pipe a small dab of cotton candy buttercream on one macaron shell and top it with a second shell.
Then place the finished macarons in the fridge to mature overnight and bring them to room temperature the next day then enjoy!
20 Delicious Cotton Candy Desserts That Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again
Cotton candy (also known as fairy floss in Australia, candy floss in South Africa, the UK and New Zealand) is a form of spun sugar. According to the New York Times, the confection “is 100 percent sugar, with dashes of flavoring and food coloring”.
There are several claims for the origin of cotton candy, with some sources tracing it to a form of spun sugar found in Europe in the 19th century. At that time, spun sugar was an expensive, labor-intensive endeavor and was not generally available to the average person. Others suggest versions of spun sugar originated in Italy as early as the 15th century.
Here are 20 dessert recipes with cotton candy, or cotton candy flavoring:
Cotton Candy Cake Pops
Ingredients: white cake mix, eggs, buttermilk, Betty Crocker Cotton Candy frosting, Duncan Hines Frosting Creations – cotton candy flavor, white candy melts. Get the full recipe at thetiptoefairy.com
It is so much easier to serve cake pops to preschoolers at a class party than cupcakes, and they tend to actually eat it since it’s such a small piece. These are also perfect for gift giving or bake sales. At the school Valentine’s Day parties, I had all my kids give cake pops to their teachers. I’m telling ya, I’ve become addicted to making cake pops.
Cotton Candy Cream Soda
Ingredients: soda (grape, blueberry, orange, or cherry), club soda, heavy cream, ice cream (optional), cotton candy in the colors of the sodas. Get the full recipe at awwsam.com
Cotton candy and cream soda together totally seem like a perfect match. This is not the most revolutionary drink in the world, but it’s definitely something simple and fun for a kid’s drink or an ice cream social party.
Cotton Candy Cupcakes
Ingredients: all purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, egg whites, cotton candy extract or flavor, sour cream, milk, salted butter, icing color, butter, shortening, powdered sugar, cotton candy extract, water or cream, cotton candy or cotton candy flavored suckers. Get the full recipe at lifeloveandsugar.com
These cupcakes get their cotton candy flavor from extract. You could also use cotton candy flavoring. The flavoring is more for candy and has more of a syrup-y consistency, but it’ll do the job. I also tend to find that in stores more than the extract.
Cotton Candy Cupcakes
Ingredients: all-purpose flour, cake flour, baking powder, salt, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, egg, egg whites, vanilla extract, milk, cotton candy, Cotton Candy Buttercream, powdered sugar, cream or half and half, cotton candy flavor. Get the full recipe at cookingclassy.com
These cupcakes have been on my to do list for probably the last three years. Who knows what took me so long to make them! My kids thought they were the coolest thing ever and they were practically mesmerized. So, in other words if your child has a birthday party coming up, these are the cupcakes to make! But really, if you have your own birthday party coming up, these are the cupcakes to have someone make you :). Let’s be honest we all love cotton candy. Some things never change.
Cotton Candy Dip
Ingredients: cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, cotton candy, powdered sugar, gel food coloring. Get the full recipe at diprecipecreations.com
This would be a fun dip for a child’s birthday party or a baby shower. You can use food coloring to make it the desired color if you can’t find cotton candy in your preferred color. Cotton candy dip is great served with cookies or graham crackers.
Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt
Ingredients: Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla), agave (or maple syrup or honey), almond milk (or milk of choice), cotton candy flavoring oil, food coloring. Get the full recipe at houseofyumm.com
This Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt not only looks fun, it tastes fun! Plus the kids will flip for it! Best part, there’s no refined sugar in it. And don’t tell them, but it’s really secretly healthy for them.
Cotton Candy Ice Cream
Ingredients: granulated sugar, whole milk, heavy whipping cream, cotton candy syrup, vanilla extract, food coloring (optional). Get the full recipe at homemadehooplah.com
Celebrate the season with the treat that embodies summer fun (cotton candy) in the form of chilly ice cream. Cool off while enjoying a nostalgic sugar high!
Cotton Candy Layer Cake
Ingredients: whole milk. egg whites, cotton candy extract, cake flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, Sprinkles, butter, food coloring, cotton candy floss sugar, powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, cotton candy or rock candy (for garnish). Get the full recipe at confessionsofacookbookqueen.com
Cotton candy layer cake will make everyone smile. It’s full of sweet flavor and pretty pink color!
Cotton Candy Martini
Ingredients: cotton candy, grape juice, vanilla vodka (or your favorite vodka flavor). Get the full recipe at thecookierookie.com
These are SO FUN for Halloween or any time! You can make these kid friendly by just using grape juice. Fun and tasty!
Cotton Candy Meringues
Ingredients: egg whites, cream of tartar, granulated white sugar, Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Flavoring, powdered sugar. Get the full recipe at pinkpiccadillypastries.blogspot.com
I love the texture of the meringue mixture and the baked meringues were very nice & crisp. The cotton candy flavoring gives the meringues such a pretty color!
Cotton Candy Milkshake
Ingredients: coconut milk, powdered sugar, cotton candy flavoring, vanilla extract, food coloring, cotton candy (for garnish). Get the full recipe at nerdymamma.com
This is the Overloaded Dairy-Free Cotton Candy Milkshake that we DON’T need an excuse to make.
Cotton Candy Mini Donuts
Ingredients: Betty Crocker Cotton Candy Sugar Cookie Mix, baking soda, salt, eggs, vegetable oil, Danimals Cotton Candy Greek Yogurt, milk, vanilla, Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Flavor Mix, powdered sugar, Sprinkles. Get the full recipe at abajillianrecipes.com
They’re so unbelievably light and fluffy that you could just pop an entire one in your mouth! And the glaze on these donuts is divine! Just like the donuts, the glaze has that wonderful cotton candy flavor, thanks to the Cotton Candy Flavor Mix. I love the pretty teal blue that the flavor mix dyed the glaze! Almost too pretty to eat!
Cotton Candy Oreo Truffles
Ingredients: Cotton Candy Oreo cookies, cream cheese, blue Wilton candy melts (or any brand, vanilla flavor), pink Wilton candy melts (or any brand, vanilla flavor). Get the full recipe at https://wishesndishes.com/cotton-candy-oreo-truffles/
Cotton Candy Oreo Truffles have that childhood favorite cotton candy flavor and are the perfect dessert for summer, baby showers, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day.
Cotton Candy Pinwheel Cookies
Ingredients: butter, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, milk, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, cotton candy flavor Duncan Hines Frosting Creations Flavor Mix, pink gel paste food coloring, assorted nonpareils, sprinkles, or colored sugar. Get the full recipe at myfriendsbakery.ca
A delicious, soft cookie that isn’t overly sweet.
Cotton Candy Popcorn
Ingredients: marshmallow or vanilla candy melts, popcorn, sprinkles, cotton candy, blue candy melts, pink candy melts. Get the full recipe at bitzngiggles.com
Candy-coated popcorn recipe with sprinkles and real cotton candy pieces!
Cotton Candy Puppy Chow
Ingredients: pink (vanilla flavored) candy wafers, light blue (vanilla flavored) candy wafers, rice chex cereal, vegetable oil, cotton candy flavored oil, powdered sugar. Get the full recipe at sweetasacookie.com
This recipe is the perfect amount of sweet paired with the perfect amount of crunch. Who wouldn’t love this recipe? It’s like a grown up version of a childhood favorite.
Cotton Candy S’mores
Ingredients: marshmallows or marshmallow fluff, cotton candy, graham crackers, sprinkles. Get the full recipe at sequinsinthesouth.com
So fun and so easy!! Perfect for all occasions in my case I served them before breakfast & they thought I was super cool!! Perfect for baby showers, gender reveal, birthdays and all in-between party’s!!
Cotton Candy Swirl Apples
Ingredients: granny smith apples, granulated sugar, light corn syrup, cotton-candy candy flavour oil, bright white soft gel food colour, cotton candy, glitter/sprinkles of choice. Get the full recipe at sweetapolita.com
A Pastel Swirl Cotton Candy Apple is an almost-traditional candy apple in the sense that it’s a fresh apple on a stick, dipped and coated in a sugar mixture that’s brought to the hard-crack stage. The difference is that, in this case, we play with flavour by adding a cotton candy flavoured oil, and colour by whitening the coating and then adding a few drops of other colours to create a swirl effect. Top that with a generous array of actual cotton candy and sprinkles, and whimsy prevails.
Cotton Candy Whoopie Pies
Ingredients: Confetti cake mix, butter, egg, Frosting Creations Frosting Starter, Cotton Candy Flavor Mix. Get the full recipe at insidebrucrewlife.com
Create a fun cookie that everyone will enjoy. These Cotton Candy Whoopie Pies start with a cake mix and a Duncan Hines frosting and flavor packet for a cookie sandwich that is great for lunch boxes or after school snacks.
Loaded Cotton Candy Fudge
Ingredients: sugar, butter, heavy cream, white chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, cotton candy extract, cotton candy golden oreos or vanilla golden oreos, pink and white sprinkles, cotton candy. Get the full recipe at awwsam.com
This fudge is filled with cotton candy oreos AND sprinkles too. Talk about a sugar rush!! I’ve always been a huge fan of cotton candy and it’s pretty much a staple whenever we go to a fair or a carnival, so I’m right there with you in loving a good old cotton candy project. And you can’t go wrong with fudge, right? Especially when the colors are so magical! This recipe is a quick one to make, and you’ll be munching on cotton candy fudge in no time!
How do you make these drinks for kids party?
You are not going to believe how easy this recipe is to create for your family. It’s only 2 ingredients and probably takes less than 2 minutes to prepare for your kids!
First, I place one piece of cotton candy in the drinking glass that I plan on serving this fun drink in. I have used regular glass but it’s also fun to use champagne flutes for older kids when you don’t have to worry about them accidentally breaking them.
After this pour the ginger ale over the cotton candy in the drink. It will dissolve the cotton candy immediately but it will dispense the cotton candy throughout the beverage.
Then I place a cherry in the glass or garnish the top with more cotton candy.
Serve immediately and watch all the kids be impressed at this delicious and festive drink that you just created for them.
Yes…it really is that easy! There are no excuses as to why you can’t create this for your family as well!
Posted on February 3, 2018 in Desserts, Snacks
We all love our share of sweets and chocolates and have irresistible cravings every once in a while. Getting infected with a sweet tooth is so common these days that there are very few of us who manage to escape from its shackles. Ice creams, cupcakes, candies and tarts! Oh! How we love them all. And yes, the best of the lot is cotton candy. Soft, sweet and delicious, it melts in our mouth within seconds, leaving us craving for more.
Well, savoury sweet cotton candy just got better with our new recipe. You can now make weed cotton candy all by yourself and that too in a jiffy. And we’ve all heard this one thing about weed before – it is medicinal and has its own set of benefits. It sure does and infused with the sugary sweetness of cotton candy, it makes for a killer combination.
So here’s an easy-to-fix weed cotton candy recipe just for you —
- mortar and pestle
- cotton candy machine
- lollipop sticks
- measuring scoop
Crush 2-3 weed candies using the mortar and pestle. Add flossine to the powder and crush it again. It’s important to ensure that the powdered candy is smooth and fine.
Next, the powdered mixture needs to be spun into candy with the help of the cotton candy machine. To use the candy machine correctly, it’s important to set it on a steady, flat and smooth surface. Also, ensure that the machine is placed at a safe height, away from the reach of children and pets. Once the necessary precautions are taken, the cotton candy machine is set to be used.
Once in place, turn on the candy machine’s mortar and fill the floss head with about 2 scoops of the candy-flossine mixture. You might want to make sure that you are not filling more than 90% of the floss head.
The secret to spinning the perfect cotton candy is getting the details right, starting from the very beginning till the very last step.
After about 30-40 seconds of turning on the heat, you will see threads of the candy forming in the machine. Dip a lollipop stick inside and gather the cotton candy by twirling the stick around. Do not rotate the stick itself, but move it in a circular motion instead. Avoid touching the edges and turn off the machine once the cotton candy is done.
After a couple of trials, you’ll be able to spin the perfect weed cotton candy, much to the amazement of those around you!
It’s fluffy, it’s sweet and it has weed in it! What’s not to love about it? And of course, we almost forgot, it’s sumptuously pink as well — our very own cotton candy at its best!
If you like our recipe, you’ll like the video even better. Here’s the link to “Making Cotton Candy with the Weed Guy. Try it out, for you’re in for a stony surprise!
Cotton Candy Ingredients
Cotton candy mix is easy to put together because it only calls for six simple ingredients: water, sugar, corn syrup, salt, flavor extract and food coloring. To make it, just combine 4 cups of white, granulated sugar with 1 cup of corn syrup and 1 cup of water. Add a pinch of salt.
Once the mixture has been heated to 320 degrees Fahrenheit, add 1 tablespoon of the flavor extract of your choice, such as raspberry, strawberry or lemon. Start with two drops of food coloring and slowly add one drop at a time to deepen the color. From this point, you can move on to actually making and spinning cotton candy.
Easy microwave cotton candy fudge
- 18-21 ounces white chocolate
- Use finely chopped bars, White Chocolate Chips, or white confectionery coating wafers (Candy Melts, Candi-Quik, Mercken’s, Peter’s, or Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers).
- NOTE: confectionery coatings will firm up more than pure white chocolate so you will need to adjust the quantity used depending on what you are using to make this cotton candy fudge. Just check the ingredients on the back of the package to know which to use.
- If using white confectionery coating or white chips that do not contain cocoa butter,use 18 ounces. I use Nestle Premier White Morsels and they do not have cocoa butter in them so I use 18 ounces.
- If using pure white chocolate, with cocoa butter listed in the ingredients, then use 21 ounces.
You can find the ingredients I used to make this cotton candy fudge on amazon (commission earned for sales at not extra cost to you).
- Line an 8-inch square pan with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper.
- Stir together the white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk in a large microwave-safe bowl and heat at 70% power for 90 seconds.
- Let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes before stirring. This allows the heat in the bowl to help melt all the chocolate evenly.
- Alternatively, you can melt the white chocolate and condensed milk in a saucepan or preferably a double boiler set over low heat on the stoveuntil 75% of the chocolate is melted then remove from the heat and let rest for 3 minutes before stirring until melted.
- Stir in the cotton candy flavoring.
- Color with white food coloring.
- Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the warm fudge into a small bowl and color that using blue coloring.
- Color the remaining fudge using pink food coloring.
- Pour the pink fudge into the lined pan and spread into an even layer.
- Spoon the blue fudge into a disposable pastry bag or a small zip-top bag and snip off a tip.
- Pipe 16 swirls of blue fudge onto the pink fudge.
- Cover with plastic wrap or tin foil (don’t allow the wrap to touch the fudge) and either set aside at room temperature for at least 4 hours until firm or chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours until firm.
- When ready, peel off the tin foil or parchment paper from the bottom of the fudge and cut the fudge into 16 squares.
NOTE: If you want smaller pieces of fudge, then pipe on smaller swirls of the blue fudge.
Watch this video to see just how easy it is to make this pink and blue swirled cotton candy fudge.
The Best Cotton Candy Cupcakes
Calling all cotton candy lovers! The fluffy stuff is now in a moist & tender cupcake! These Cotton Candy Cupcakes taste just like the real deal and are a cinch to make.
Since I was a young little girl, I have always been obsessed with cotton candy and bubblegum flavored anything.
As a tween and teen, I’d beg my grandma to allow me and my best friend, Katrina, to walk up to the local yogurt shop with $5 so we could each get a sky-high snowcone with bubblegum and cotton candy syrup drenching every last ice crystal. We would slurp up the extra syrup until our teeth and tongues were blue and walk home giggling at our gross teeth.
And anytime I went to the California State Fair, I’d always have to get a gigantic bag of cotton candy. Who doesn’t love the stuff? It’s pure sugar! Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth and a penchant for hand-spun desserts.
A couple months ago, I was visiting Utah for a work-related thing and my friend took me to this shop called Orson Gygi. It’s basically a food and baking warehouse with everything. You can buy cake stands, party supplies, and 20lb bags of chocolate chips under one roof. It was basically my version of heaven, and I had only 20 minutes to shop before we were due at a dinner.
I raced down the chocolate and candy-making aisle first and instantly spied some Cotton Candy Flavoring. This stuff isn’t like your average vanilla extract – it is four times more potent than a traditional extract and is used for really powerfully flavored candies and things. But since extracts can get drowned out in a big batch of cupcake batter, I knew it’d be perfect for these Cotton Candy Cupcakes!
You guys – these cupcakes are serious business. They are INSANELY SWEET, so don’t come back and tell me how sweet they were, ya hear? It’s a cupcake recipe inspired by a dessert that literally has no other ingredient other than pure sugar. What did you expect?
The cupcake itself is so moist and fluffy with a tender crumb and a beautiful swirl of baby blue and baby pink batters. Topped off with a cotton candy buttercream, sanding sugar, and a little cotton candy stick, it’s perfect for baby showers, summer sleepovers, or even a carnival-themed soiree!
Here’s to blue teeth and cotton candy summers!
Cotton Candy Popcorn Balls
Remove as many loose kernels from the popcorn as possible.
In a large pot, whisk together water, sugar and corn syrup over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it bubble for 5 to 6 minutes, until it becomes syrupy. Do not walk away as it might bubble over (reduce the heat if it looks high) and do not stir&mdashyou can brush down the sides with a pastry brush. You want to sugar to remain clear and not turn golden.
Remove the syrupy sugar from the heat and stir in the cotton candy oil and vanilla extract. If desired, stir in a drop of pink or blue food coloring. Fold in the popcorn gently, making sure you coat all over it, tossing well. Once the syrup has cooled to the point that you can tough it, take handfuls and form the popcorn into balls. Stick a popsicle stick, dessert stick or even a straw down in the center to make the popcorn balls easy to grab.
If you want to make them looking more candy-like, you can melt some colored chocolate wafers in the microwave and dip the bottoms of the popcorn balls in the chocolate. Then cover with sprinkles.
Okay, confession time. One of my deepest secrets? Taking Halloween candy from my pillowcase and swapping it with my brothers&rsquo stash every October 31st. They somehow always got the best things (um, hi, pumpkin peanut butter cups and mallo cups!) so I&rsquod toss them a Kit Kat for a Snickers. But not tell them. Oops.
With three kids in the house, we got loads of candy every Halloween. I have no idea how long it took to finish it&mdashor if we even did. I&rsquom assuming my mom did away with half of our loot and we never knew the difference.
And yes, I know it&rsquos way past Halloween season, but trust me, I&rsquom going somewhere with this.
My parents never let us eat the homemade treats that we would get while trick-or-treating (and since I&rsquom a brand new, crazy overprotective first-time mom, I get this now), so all the popcorn balls would land right in the trash. I&rsquod manage to have one a year or so, usually from a holiday party at school. And they were always my favorite thing! Back in the day, it seemed like the little balls of love only made their appearance in late October. But more recently, I&rsquom seeing them pop up for other celebrations&mdashand I could not be happier.
If there is anything I love more that buttered popcorn, it&rsquos popcorn covered in sugar. Especially the kind I can have whenever I want.
As a lover of all things pastel and sprinkles and fun, I transformed regular old popcorn balls into cotton candy flavored popcorn balls using a cotton-candy-flavored oil, which is sort of like an extract. While it definitely adds a different flavor element to the treat, if you don&rsquot want to get the oil, you can still tint the hot sugar before pouring it over the popcorn. And then dip your popcorn in pastel chocolate and cover that in sprinkles.
Because aren&rsquot we all, somewhere deep inside, secretly seven years old?
If you do choose to get the oil, you can use it for other fun things, like cookies, cupcakes and even whipped cream. I will be your bad influence and say, &ldquoDoooo it.&rdquo
These are quite simple: you cover the popcorn in super hot, bubbly sugar and let it slightly cool before forming balls with the popcorn. I tinted my sugar pink, because I&rsquom a child. But also! Because of cotton candy. I broke the rules and did not use a candy thermometer for this sugar, but found that some simple bubbling for 5 or 6 minutes, until the mixture was syrupy, worked every time.
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