Vanilla-Lavender With Rosemary Cotton Candy

August 10, 2011
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  • Makes 4
What You'll Need
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon edible lavender oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop purple food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried crushed rosemary
  • 1 whisk with the (round wiring) top cut off
  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan on stove top over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Insert a candy thermometer, stirring sugar until it reaches 320 F.
  2. Remove from heat and pour into a microwaveable glass bowl, adding lavender , vanilla and food coloring.
  3. Lay parchment paper down on your work space.
  4. Dip your whisk into sugar mixture and hold it over bowl to let sugar mixture drip back into bowl for a second. Hold whisk above parchment paper and swing it back and forth so that thin strands of sugar fall onto paper. Repeat this a few more times, making a nice little nest of spun sugar (cotton candy).
  5. Roll cotton candy onto a piece of paper that you've rolled into a long, thin cone or a long lollipop stick. Sprinkle with rosemary. If not eating right away, place cotton candy into a container that is airtight. If not, sugar will begin to melt.
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6 Reviews

Dessert's O. August 11, 2011
Lapadia: So I live for Target and I actually bought my thermometer there. But, the one I have, you can only purchase online. It is actually an oil/ candy thermometer. I like this because I can use the same thermometer whether I’m frying (which I don’t do very often) or making cotton candy. It is actually digital and has 14 preprogrammed settings. It also has a clip so you can clip it to whatever pan you are using. I believe I paid around $20 for it. Hope this helps! :)
lapadia August 11, 2011
Thanks, helps; an oil/candy digital with a clip sounds like the way to go. The one I gave my mom, way back, looks like an antique! Oh, I like Target too, but will look online. :)

PS - I don't do a lot of frying either.
Sagegreen August 11, 2011
So creative!
lapadia August 11, 2011
I'm impressed, have never made cotton candy before and I love the flavors!
Dessert's O. August 11, 2011
of course it has a sweet kick to it because cotton candy is pretty much all sugar, but the flavor is so refreshing!
lapadia August 11, 2011
I have a very old candy thermometer (one I actually gave my mom as a Christmas present when I was very young), I need to get a new one, do you have any suggestions on what is the best kind to buy?