Candy Floss or Cotton Candy is a spun sugar confection that resembles cotton. It usually contains small amounts of flavoring and/or food coloring.
The candy is made by heating and liquefying sugar, spinning it centrifugally through minute holes — by which the sugar rapidly cools and re-solidifies into fine strands. It is often sold at fairs, circuses, carnivals, and festivals — served on either a stick, paper cone or in a plastic bag.
Cotton candy is made and sold globally — as Candy floss in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka and South Africa, fairy floss in Australia. Similar confections include the Indian sohan papdi and the Persian pashmak.