Cotton candy or cotton floss or fairy floss

Cotton candy is spun sugar that consists of very fluffy, threadlike fibers of melted sugar, usually pink, and almost always wrapped around a paper cone. Cotton candy melts in your mouth, it is sold at circuses, fairs, carnivals, festivals and some sporting events.

Cotton candy is made in a machine which melts the sugar into a liquified state and then blows it through tiny holes where it cools and solidifies quickly. The cotton candy machine operator then runs a paper cone around the bin to wind the threads into a serving of cotton candy. The cotton candy machine was invented in 1897 and was introduced in the public at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO, where it was originally called Fairy Floss.


In North America and India this confection is called cotton candy. In Great Britain India, South Africa and Pakistan, this confection is called candy floss. The Australians and New Zealanders have retained the original name of this spun sugar candy, they call it fairy floss.


A mini-carnival with rides and cotton candy rounded out the festival. (The Bristol Press)

In our community the rides are spinning and twirling, animals are being judged and the smell of cotton candy is in the air. (Ionia Sentinel-Standard)

In a small, rural town on the west side of Cache Valley, a little bit of cotton candy sold at the annual Pioneer Days celebration over the years has gone a long way toward remembering local veterans. (The Herald Journal)

A festive crowd gathered in Memorial Park on Sunday to enjoy cupcakes, candy floss and camaraderie. (The Sudbury Star)

While trying to get back to Headquarters on the Train Of Thought, they encounter her forgotten Imaginary Friend Bing Bong (Richard Kind), an elephant made largely out of candy floss who has been supplanted by her Imaginary Boyfriend, a handsome dude who keeps declaring: ‘I would DIE for Riley!’ (The Daily Mail)

Which is why we found ourselves in Hawera a few weeks ago, clutching our fairy floss and popcorn, ready to be entertained. (The Stratford Press)


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  1. Bharath Manjesh says:

    ‘Great Britain India’? Is that a typo there?

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