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Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

How Is Cotton Candy Made?

How Is Cotton Candy Made?

The candy you eat is made of sugar and it dissolves the moment it’s put in water. The truth is that your favorite confectionery is actually just a few tablespoons of sugar! But making this sugar ‘cottony’ is a bit tough. Let us take a closer look.

First, candy man pours sugar into a small container set in the middle of a deep circular tray. Often, he adds a chemical called a colorant. This chemical is what gives color to the candy (because sugar by itself is colorless).

This small container (or holder) has incredibly teeny holes and contains an in-built heater that melts the sugar into a sticky liquid. The holder is connected to a small motor that causes it to rotate.

As it spins incredibly fast the liquid sugar splashes out of the tiny holes. As soon as the hot liquid hits the air, it cools, and solidifies, forming threads of sugar in the circular tray.

The candy man then pops in a stick, deftly wraps these threads of candy around it and hands it to you!

Content for this question contributed by Denise Bradley, resident of Linden, southeastern Union County, New Jersey, USA