The Flavors and Colors of Cotton Candy Floss
Cotton candy floss is known by different names in different places. Whether they are called candy floss (UK, Ireland), cotton candy (US, India, Canada) or fairy floss (Australia), the fact is that they are all made of spun sugar.
Loved by children all over, cotton candy floss is usually sold in sticks or paper cones or in plastic bags in assorted flavors and colors. In the old days, it was available only in white until some enterprising vendor thought of adding a bright food color to make it more attractive to children. (There is a consensus that pink vanilla seemed to be the first color and flavor combination.)
These days, cotton candy boasts a long list of mostly fruit-based flavors – mango, pineapple, strawberry, grape, lime, orange, watermelon, pink vanilla, bubble gum, cherry and many more. It is also available now in many different colors, most of them tasting like the fruits with the same color (or so the children say).
Today’s cotton candy floss has been improved with the addition of Flossine, the substance that gives the candy its color and its non-sugary taste. Technically, it is classified as food coloring that also doubles up as a flavor additive to cotton candy.
It is commercially available in one-pound cans and is mixed into granulated sugar (one or two tablespoons for every ten pounds of sugar). There is also a pre-mixed variety that is also commercially available at present.
Some housewives who make cotton candy floss at home (and also some vendors) usually try out some experimental mixing in terms of quantity of both flossine and sugar the first time around. This is to find out the perfect ratio that suits their taste best.
These days, cotton candy floss have also been keeping its list of flavors growing regularly, all part of the effort of attracting more kids to these new varieties. Sometimes, vendors do some experiments by mixing one or two popular or familiar flavors to come up with a new variety.
As with the number of flavors, the number of colors in cotton candy floss is also growing. Spurred by the fact that kids love to try out anything new even with their food, vendors and suppliers are now trying to match up familiar flavors with new colors.
The hope is that children would do the associating themselves. Children have long been associating yellow with flavors like banana or lime played out by some of the fruits along the line of its taste and color. All in all, the children are waiting for some more new flavors in their cotton candy floss.