This piece originally appeared on MyRecipes.
It’s fluffy, it’s bright, it’s sticky, and it’s delicious. Obviously, I’m talking about cotton candy. This quintessential fair food is also, to me, one of the most puzzling of them all, because by all accounts it’s… kind of weird. It’s sugar, but it’s an airy cotton ball of sugar. We’ve all seen it being made, and as kids it looked like some kind of magic trick. And now, as an adult, it still looks like a magic trick. How does it get that texture? Why is it pink (or blue?) So many questions. Let’s look at some answers.
Even though cotton candy is just sugar, let’s be real here, it has a super unique flavor. That’s why cotton candy flavor as been infused into all kinds of other non-cotton candy items, like gum, flavored milk, ice cream, and even a special variety of grapes (which is clearly one of nature’s finer gifts to mankind). In the world of candy, this treat is a star player, but how is it even made?