Monday, July 30, 2012

How is cotton candy made?

We all love cotton candy—that fluffy, sugary, melt-in-your-mouth treat found at the likes of Chuck E Cheese's and summer fairs. Making cotton candy is an interesting and simple process that turns ordinary granulated sugar into the fluffy state that we know and love. First, a heating device with small holes on the sides is placed in a bowl and attached to a spinning mechanism. Then, flavored sugar (often known as cotton candy sugar) is placed in the heating device. The sugar heats to 375°F and melts into a liquid state. After the sugar is melts, the heating device spins, causing the liquid sugar to exit through the small side holes, cool almost instantly, and transform into solid threads. Lastly, the threads are collected (usually on a cone) and the process is complete.

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