Monday, May 29, 2006

Pure Fun Candy Floss

In honor of the Memorial Day Holiday, I thought I’d do a candy that you usually find when you’re at a big summer event. Cotton Candy is one of those treats that I think most of us enjoy on the midway at the fair or other vacation spots. I’ve never bought cotton candy (or candy floss as the Brits and Canadians call it) for home consumption.

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Pure Fun’s candy floss has a unique twist - it’s organic and all natural. That’s right, it’s made from pure, organically farmed cane sugar and a touch of natural flavoring/colors. They also make note that it’s vegan, which is kind of funny because I’ve never had cotton candy made with animal products before (I know some vegans take exception to commercially processed sugar because it might be filtered through charcoal that might contain animal bones).

The packaging also bills that there are no trans fats and no cholesterol. Well, I’m sorry, but DUH! I’m not sure who doesn’t know that cotton candy is spun sugar and how could it have any fats - good, bad, trans or otherwise? It’s also low in sodium, why isn’t that on the label? But the important thing is that this 1.5 liter tub contains only 2.12 ounces of sugar. I was watching Unwrapped over the weekend and one segment mentioned that good cotton candy is 80% air. You can eat the whole tub and it’s only 240 calories (all carbs though).

One serving is said to be a quarter of the tub. Which was actually a satisfying amount for me. I’m not sure if you could put a tub like this in front of a kid and expect them to eat only a portion. Of course, I’m not sure how you’d “serve” it otherwise ... take out the scissors and cut off a quarter of it and put it on a plate?

Okay, enough of the snarking. They were nice enough to send me five tubs containing four flavors ... so let’s get to it!

Canadian Maple - this was pure genius! How could there not be a maple cotton candy before now? It’s a natural flavor combo and the taste is insanely good. Woodsy and sweet and of course the texture of the fluffed sugar is sublime. This one had the best texture of the four, ultra smooth and superfine. Since they gave me two tubs of this, I took one next door and everyone thought it was “expletive-deleted-good.” By far this was everyone’s favorite who tried them all (including me).

Root Beer - I was expecting something subtle here, as cotton candy isn’t really known for “flavor” but the root beer here was intense. A good, slight, wintergreen burn after it dissolved kept me eating more and more of it. It’s like a spun root beer barrel!

Licorice - I’m not sure how this is going to go over with other people, but I thought this was an excellent flavor. It smelled a little medicinal, but on the tongue it was great. It was like a black jelly bean, except my tongue didn’t change color and there are no sticky bits stuck in my teeth. It’s a lovely

Bubble Gum - I’d heard about this before and so I saved it for last. It doesn’t smell quite right and looks an awful lot like insulation. A little musty odor combines with the sweet sugar. Holy Moly it’s bad. I don’t know why it’s bad and I’m not sure I want to know, but the taste is off. Bubble gum flavor (as in Bazooka) has always had a little wintergreen hint in my mind and then there are bubble gum flavors that are a little fruity like JuicyFruit ... this was neither. This was just a jumble of bad associations wrapped up in sweet. Pure Fun needs to dump this flavor or seriously reformulate. If I hadn’t read other reviews of this flavor, I would have thought I had a bad batch.

They make one other flavor, Cinnamon, that wasn’t in my assortment, but if it’s as good as the Root Beer, I’m on board. Their website even has recipes for using candy floss as a pie topper, for sundaes and even in martinis.

I don’t think that pure sugar can ever be considered a health food, but without the addition of preservatives, artificial flavors or colors as well as their organic, vegan and Kosher certifications, Pure Fun has removed any trepidation anyone might have for buying a cool and sweet indulgence. The smallish tub also controls portions. I honestly didn’t think I would like this as much as I did, but I’ve found myself sneaking little bits of fluff over the past few days of all three of the good flavors.

The only issue at the moment is where to buy this fluff. They’re not in stores yet (or at least not according to their website) and everyone who has tasted it has found it via a show of some sort (Candy Expo Toronto or Fancy Food Expo). They don’t even sell it directly through their website. I’ll try to post an update when I hear that it’s for sale. I don’t even know what the expected price is for one of the tubs. I’d be willing to pay as much as $4 for it.

Read more about Cotton Candy on Wikipedia.

UPDATE: I almost forgot, check out the Candy Critic - he’s also gotten a hold of some, and you can see how he does his reviews (which really isn’t that different from how I do mine).

Name: Candy Floss - Root Beer, Candian Maple, Licorice & Bubble Gum
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Pure Fun
Place Purchased: samples from Pure Fun
Price: unknown
Size: 2.12 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Hard Candy, Canada, Organic, Kosher

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Comments
  1. It’s funny how you said the bubble gum kind looks like insulation. I’ve always thought that insulation looked like cotton candy!
    They all look tempting, I’d love to try the root beer flavor~

    Comment by Hana on 5/29/06 at 8:34 am #
  2. Maple cotton candy is big business at the various fairs here in New England.  Then again, so is maple EVERYTHING.  It’s usually much too sweet for me!

    Comment by Tara on 5/30/06 at 1:53 am #
  3. That bubble gum flavor was just awful. I couldn’t even finish the little cup they gave me as a sample. The other flavors were better than the bubble gum one, even though none of them compared to real cotton candy for me.  Maybe if I hadn’t just sampled some fresh spun cotton candy moments before I would have enjoyed them more.

    Comment by g on 5/30/06 at 3:35 am #
  4. I’d love to try the Liquorice one, I absolutely adore anything liquorice/anise flavoured. My love was recently re-kindled by Wrigley’s releasing the Black Mint variety of their Airwaves brand over here - Awesome.

    Can’t really tell through the tub, is the liqourice one actually black?

    Comment by GTO on 5/30/06 at 4:01 am #
  5. that’s funny that you said Canadians say “candy floss” because I’m Canadian and had no clue that you meant cotton candy. I’ve lived in various cities across this country & have always called it cotton candy.

    Comment by Jeannette on 5/30/06 at 9:22 am #
  6. The cinnamon flavour is hot - very much like cinnamon hearts. The maple was my favourite out of all the flavours; if you let it melt on your tongue it was very similar to real maple candy.

    Comment by Sheryl on 5/30/06 at 11:44 am #
  7. Cybele's avatar

    Hana- if you like root beer barrels, you’ll love their candy floss.

    Tara - wow, I’ve really been missing something by never visiting New England. I love maple sugar candy and a fresh fluff of maple cotton candy must be heaven.

    g- yeah, it’s probably been a whie since I had cotton candy (I think New Years 2005 at Hersheypark).

    GTO - the licorice flavored cotton candy is pure white, which I liked! There’s no need for it to be black is there?

    Jeannette - yeah, I wasn’t sure how widespread it was, but hey, those crazy Pure Fun Canadians are calling it Candy Floss so who was I to argue?

    Sheryl - I think I would have loved the cinnamon. Something for me to look forward to.

    Comment by Cybele on 5/30/06 at 12:11 pm #
  8. The root beer and maple were simply amazing!  Ive never seen a product like this.  The people at Pure Fun were also very nice and talkative. I really enjoyed this product and will definitely buy it when it become available.

    Comment by Jimmy on 5/31/06 at 4:36 am #
  9. My name is Noah and I’m 9 years old. I have always been vegan and eaten only organic since i was born. I’ve always wanted to try cotton candy. My dad said i could try this one but we don’t know where to get it. If anyone knows how i can order some of this brand (not the bubble gum) please help this poor deprived child. My dad fears i may grow up to be another Willy Wonka if i continue to obsess about candy like this with out tasting it. Please help me. THANKYOU,      -Noah Flyingtree

    Comment by noah flyingtree on 6/22/06 at 3:48 pm #
  10. Thanks for the heads up on the Bubble gum flavor-I was just
    going to order some from “allergy grocer.com”. I’ll get the maple instead-Thanks

    Comment by Tanya on 8/28/06 at 6:48 am #
  11. I agree about the bubble gun…its not good at all.
    The Canadian Maple is unreal! Out of this world good and so is the Cinnamon.

    You can buy it in some health or whole food stores or here is a link where you can buy it online for a little more money then in the stores.

    http://www.veganessentials.com/catalog/pure-fun-organic-cotton-candy.htm

    I love this product!
    I cant wait for the rest of the candy I have sampled from Pure Fun to be available in stores…it also tastes great!

    Comment by MDC on 9/03/06 at 6:29 pm #
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