I love cotton candy. Don't ask me why, because I know it's pure sugar and food dye and absolutely terrible for you, but there's just something about the pink fluffy stuff that I can't get enough of. I love the melt in your mouth texture, the way it leaves your tongue pink - I even love the sticky residue on your fingers after you've devoured your entire bag. Maybe it's because I associate the fluffy sugar with Disneyland and baseball games in the midst of summer, or maybe just because I love sugar.
Whatever the reason, when I was told that today, December 7th, is National Cotton Candy day, I was intrigued. After a ton of Google-ing, I couldn't for the life of me figure out any reason whatsoever why the first week of December was deemed appropriate for this celebration, but I decided not to question the decision and just go with it.
But December means you can't head to Fenway or Six Flags and grab yourself a bag of pink or blue goodness to put yourself into a sugar coma. So where in Boston can you purchase cotton candy? Well, more places than you'd think.
The Oak Room
If you've got the dough to spend on a fancy steak dinner, I highly recommend the Oak Room. My parents took me for my graduation dinner in May, and as very mature 20 & 23 year olds, my brother and I were absolutely beside ourselves when we got a heaping serving of cotton candy in a martini glass in between courses. Completely appropriate for a 6+ utensil dinner, right?
I haven't been to this tequila bar yet, but I've heard great things, and also know that they serve complimentary sour apple cotton candy complete with cherry pop rocks. Sounds like a great excuse to go out for a margarita to me! (pictured)
If you're a fan of this sweet shoppe, you know they serve cotton candy made to order. It's $4 per cone and comes in every flavor imaginable, including strawberry, orange and piña colada. If you're feeling brave, add in some pucker flavor and try a sour version instead.
Lydia Shire, culinary director at Towne, was once a candy girl at Strand Theatre in Dorchester. To give homage to her roots, she serves a maple cotton candy for $6 which has been given divine reviews.
The Chocolate Bar at Cafe Fleuri
Hosted by the Langham Hotel in downtown Boston, this extravagant Saturday brunch offers 85 different chocolate items (essentially, anything you could imagine), including cocoa brushed cotton candy. It sounds strange, but even Yelpers agree it's delish! Prices are for the buffet are a bit steep - $40 for adults and $28 for children ages 5-12, and the pricing goes up during the holidays to $45 for adults and $30 for children - so be sure to go with an appetite to make the trip worthwhile.
If you're out in the 'burbs, check out BOKX 109 American at Hotel Indigo hotel in Newton or MET bar in Dedham, which both serve cotton candy with your meal.
Enjoy, and happy cotton candy day! If you know of another place in the city that serves cotton candy, comment & let me know!
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About the authorRachel Kossman is a California girl and New England transplant who graduated from Northeastern University in 2011. She has a penchant for discovering new restaurants and bars, devouring Mexican food, More »
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