Chinese Cotton Candy Is the Most Beautiful Junk Food You Could Ever Imagine

11/09/2015 at 05:10 PM ET


Never before have we felt mesmerized by cotton candy, yet here we are.

Videos of Chinese street vendors selling elaborate, beautifully constructed cotton candy flowers have us reevaluating the monochromatic fluff of our childhood.

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While vendors in China have been making edible works of art for years, the big, beautiful cotton candy masterpieces are swiftly captivating the Internet. The huge creations — bigger than the heads of several small children — often incorporate four or more colors and require quick, precise handiwork.

The end product is denser than American candy floss; it’s something you can really sink your teeth into. (Sorry teeth, but some things are worth the decay.)

Until we muster up the gusto to buy a ticket to China to taste these creations, we’ll be browsing Instagram photos of them.


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—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Anonymous on

Cotton Candy is not junk food. It very light to be near being junk food.

guest on

Cotton candy is too light to be called junk food.

Anonymous on

It’s junk food … just sugar!

Anonymous on

It is beautiful tho!

anonymous on

looks very tasty and beautiful,

mybestonlinegames on

Amazing cotton candies! their machines are different than the regular ones that we see in our streets. They throw the sugar up instead of throwing it to the sides of the pan.
A nice addition to that is changing the simple wooden stick with a lighting one as you can see in that video:

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