Creative Ways to Use Cotton Candy

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Creative Ways to Use Cotton Candy
Candyfloss is a fluffy, sweet treat. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Cotton candy--a fluffy, colourful spun sugar treat found at carnivals and street fairs--has been around for about 100 years. It's a classic summertime treat that made its first appearance in 1893 at the World's Fair in Chicago. It's typically eaten freshly spun on a stick or from a bag, but candyfloss can be used in other ways, both edible and non-edible.

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Cupcake Topper

Make carnival-themed cupcakes with you favourite cake recipe and a store-bought bag of candyfloss. Bake a batch of cupcakes, spread a thin layer of icing on top of each one, and stick of tuft of candyfloss on top.

Embellish A Gingerbread House

Baking and decorating a gingerbread house is a Christmastime tradition that's open to individual interpretation. Traditionalists might prefer to use the same candy decorations every year, but if you're open to trying something new, you can use candyfloss to embellish a gingerbread structure. A small tuft poking out of a gingerbread chimney will resemble smoke, and a thick layer of it spread across the base around the house will look like snow drifts. You can also use it to top candy trees or make rainbow-coloured "bushes."

Ice Cream

If you have bag of candyfloss and can't bear to eat it "raw," use it to flavour other sweet treats. Add some to a homemade ice cream recipe in place of sugar, or toss a tuft into a milkshake or smoothie and blend it in.

Party Game

Candyfloss is as light as air, and perfect for a challenging party or backyard carnival game. Line up various size jars or bowls and ask participants to stand a few feet away. Give each of them a bag of candyfloss and ask them to break off pieces and toss them into the jars, marked with different point values. Whomever gets the most candyfloss into the jars is the winner.

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