While winter is here the thought of the choices of all the goodies available at the fairs has my mouth watering. One of my favorites is cotton candy. December 7th is National Cotton Candy day. This sweet light treat that melts in your mouth has a day all of its own.
Cotton Candy is a treat made in America. It was two Tennessee candy makers that invented the cotton candy machine. In 1897 William Morrison and John C Warton invented the machine and later took it to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. The men refereed to their treat as "fairy floss" and sold the treat to fair goers for a quarter a box. While at the time this was quite a price more than 68000 boxes were sold at the fair.
The Gold Medal Products of Cincinnati Ohio invented an updated cotton candy machine. Since that time they have been the top manufactures of all cotton candy machines. The machine works by melting the sugar until it becomes a liquid and then the liquid sugar is spun through tiny holes in the machine. The holes help shape and cool the liquid. As the sugar cools it becomes solid again.
The only ingredient used in the machine is sugar. The amount of sugar in cotton candy is equal to the sugar in a can of soda. The natural color of cotton candy is white. It can be found in colors of pink or blue because of food coloring
Since it is December and less than 3 weeks from Christmas I thought I would share a delicious cotton candy fudge.
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
12 ounces white chocolate or vanilla chips
7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
.10 ounce packet Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Frosting Creations flavor mix
Pink food coloring
Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. Combine sugar, butter, heavy cream and butter in a saucepan, cooking and stirring over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved, bring the contents to a boil while stirring for about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and mix in the marshmallow creme and vanilla chips until all of the chips are melted. Pour 3/4 of the mixture into the foil-lined pan. Add the cotton candy flavor mix to the saucepan and stir until well mixed. Drop or drizzle spoonfuls of the cotton candy mixture over the mixture already in the pan. Add 2-3 drops of the pink food coloring in various areas on top of the fudge in the pan, and then cut through the fudge with a butter knife to make the swirls. Cover and allow to set in the refrigerator. Remove the fudge from the pan by picking up with the foil and then cutting into squares.
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