Cotton Candy: How Sugar Transforms Into Fluffy Clouds

You ever wondered how come sugar can become those fluffy clouds of sweetness we call cotton candy? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered lah! Come, let’s take a closer look at the science, history, and art behind this ho jiak party snack.

The Science of Cotton Candy

Cotton candy is made using simple ingredients like sugar, flavouring, and food colouring. But it’s the machine that spins the sugar that makes all the difference. The machine has a heating element that melts the sugar and then spins it rapidly. The spinning creates a lot of centrifugal force, which makes the liquid sugar shoot out through tiny holes in the machine, resulting in thin strands that solidify as they cool down. These strands are collected to form the fluffy, sugary clouds we love.

So, how does sugar transform into this magical cotton candy? The secret is in the chemical reactions that are happening. When sugar is heated and melted, it goes through this thing called caramelisation. During caramelisation, the sugar molecules break down into smaller compounds, creating new flavours and colours. Then, because of the fast spinning and cooling, the liquid sugar becomes solid and forms those thin strands. And that’s how our cotton candy gets its texture.

The History of Cotton Candy

Did you know that cotton candy has a rich history? It wasn’t always called cotton candy leh. Long time ago, in the early 1900s, a dentist named William Morrison and a confectioner named John C. Wharton invented a machine that spun sugar. They called their creation “Fairy Floss.”

Over time, Fairy Floss gained popularity at fairs and carnivals, becoming a must-have treat. People loved its sweet taste and fluffy texture, and it became a symbol of fun and excitement. As the years went by, more and more people enjoyed this sugary delight, and it became known as cotton candy, a name that stuck until today.

The Art of Making Cotton Candy

Cotton candy isn’t just about the plain ol’ sugar flavour. Nowadays, we have a whole variety of flavours and colours to choose from. From strawberry and blueberry to unique flavours like lychee and green apple, got many options leh!

To create different flavours and colours, the manufacturers add flavouring extracts and food colouring into the sugar before spinning. The flavouring extracts can be anything, from fruits to chocolates. So, whether you like tangy citrus or want to taste our local delights, confirm there’s a cotton candy flavour that suits your style.

The Future of Cotton Candy

Wah, Uncle DiDi is taking cotton candy to the next level! The future holds exciting possibilities for this beloved treat. Uncle DiDi has been experimenting with innovative ways to enjoy cotton candy. They’re incorporating new techniques and ingredients to create unique textures and flavours that will blow your mind.

Besides that, Uncle DiDi has also been introducing new flavours that will surely make your taste buds dance with joy. Imagine indulging in salted egg yolk cotton candy or even a rendang-flavoured one. Sedap gila, right?


So, lai lah, next time you jio your friends for cotton candy, make sure to try Uncle DiDi’s unique cotton candy flavours like Mermaid Tub and Unicorn Tub. Confirm shiok until cannot tahan.

And if you’re feeling tok kong, Uncle DiDi has something totally different for you. We not only carry cotton candy, but we’re also a local popcorn brand in Singapore. With classic and experimental flavours like salted popcorn and brown sugar, our snack game is on another level. Don’t wait liao, faster come and makan until shiok!