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Candy Floss

July 30, 2011

Hello again toastiefiends! Today’s experiment was inspired by Annabel Longbean’s tribute to the World Of The Toastie and our ‘Willy Wonka’ skillz – anyone fancy a Candy Floss toasted sandwich to go with their lickable wallpaper?

So, it used to be that you could only get candy floss at special events like school fairs and A&P shows, but these days it seems to be available everywhere in pre-bagged form. Buying candy floss at your local supermarche may be convenient for toastie experiments, sure, but it sadly lacks the excitement that used to be associated with the acquisition of candy floss in childhood. At some stage I must take a toastie maker along to an A&P show and see if this experiment works out any better under more authentic conditions.

Cross-section of pre-bagged candy floss. In the clinical environment of the Toastie Project Laboratories it appears that candy floss is essentially just a big lump of pink sugar with a lot of air thrown in.

But up close it’s like a fluffy pink nebula! So soft and so full of sugar. I bet it’s what unicorns sleep on at night, dreaming their unicorny dreams.

Or maybe it’s what they use to insulate their unicorn houses with. It wouldn’t be much use in the rain however as it would start to melt. Though, if you’re a unicorn, does it ever rain I wonder?

Alas there are some questions even the researchers at the Toastie Project Laboratories can’t answer. We can however construct a pretty awesome looking candy floss sandwich, which is what I wished my school lunches were like when I was seven.

Time for toasting! Keen observers may note the use of baking paper on the lower plate of the toastie maker. I was apprehensive about whether this experiment would get as messy as the K Bar Toastie Incident, and decided to take precautionary measures to protect the toastie maker. Keener observers may also note the bits of cooked-on cheese and other fillings from previous toasted sandwiches, that decorate the toastie maker like badges of honour. Yeah I could clean them off, but where would be the glory in that?

The actual toasting process was very quick, and my fears about Potential Candy Floss Meltdown were quickly allayed.  As soon as it started to cook it quickly dissolved in heaps of steam and hardened into darker pink granules, so no leakage was to be had.

After only a minute or so of cooking, it’s all dissolved and is very flat indeed.

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The cross section makes this look like an innocuous jam sandwich. Actually that gives me an idea, I haven’t toasted anything with jam in it yet…


The innards are pink and crunchy, and show just how much of a metamorphosis the candy floss has undergone. It gets crunchier as it cools and the taste is intriguingly similar to fairy bread – but surprisingly not at all like candy floss. Or snozzberries. It would, however, be the perfect snack after a refreshing dip in a chocolate waterfall.

OFFICIAL TOASTIE PROJECT RATING:

Toastability – 5/5, no muss, no fuss and super quick to cook.

Taste – 3.5/5, perfectly edible but the unexpected similarity to fairy bread was a little weird and off-putting. Much like Gene Wilder.

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