Monday, 13 Jul 2020

Vanilla Persian Fairy Floss: Why it is the Perfect Sweet Treat

Do you love cotton candy? If so, then you would also love Persian fairy floss, which is a traditional hand spun sweet that is similar to cotton candy. Its strands are extremely delicate, much like that of finely woven wool, which literally melts in your mouth.

In Persian, this fairy floss is referred to as ‘pashmak’, meaning little wool. You will be able to find pashmak in a variety of desserts and it may come in different flavors too like vanilla, chocolate, rose, and saffron among others. Pashmak is known to have originated from the Iranian city of Yazd, but there is a Chinese and Turkish version of this sweet too.

Vanilla Persian Fairy Floss Recipe

More often than not, this sweet treat is used as a garnish to decorate cakes, pastries, and puddings. Some even put it on top of their pancakes and waffles. It can also cheer up your cheese platter or enhance ice creams and yoghurts. Aside from being used as a garnish, vanilla Persian fairy floss can also be added on beverages such as hot chocolate, smoothies, shakes, and even on cocktails too! But apart from these, below is a fruit salad recipe that is heightened by the irresistible flavour of this sweet treat.

Generally, you can use any of your favorite fruits in making a salad with fairy floss, but for a festive look, imagine a red and green salad made from pomegranate, strawberries, kiwi and green grapes. This is perfect for the holiday season. On the other hand, celebrate summer with the brightness of some yellow and ripe mangoes, blended with pineapples and oranges. This tropical combination is also perfectly enhanced by the sweetness of the fairy floss.

Once you have gathered all of your fruits together, peel them and cut them into bite size pieces. Arrange the fruits in a nice bowl, or even in martini glasses. Layer the fruits according to their colour and top them with a generous portion of vanilla Persian fairy floss on top. The floss will just flow beautifully over your bowl or glass because of its delicate nature.


Make sure to fit your fairy floss in an airtight sealed bag and keep it in a cool and dark place. Ideally, you should store it in a temperature between 4 to 16 degrees Celsius. You can store it in your fridge but make sure that it is in a dry location inside. Otherwise, your fairy floss may lose its texture or melt into a block of hard sugar.

To wrap things up, go ahead and get yourself some vanilla Persian fairy floss for your much-needed sugar fix. For sure you won’t get enough of its full, honey-like nectar flavour but remember to consume everything in moderation. Once you get your hands into this sweet treat, use it up as soon as possible because it only lasts for a few weeks. You don’t really need that much though because even a couple of hundred grams can already go a long way.

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