spun sugar


: sugar boiled to long threads and gathered up and shaped into desired forms or heaped on a stick as a candy
… thin shells of chocolate filled with caramel and white chocolate mousse and cradled in a nest of spun sugar.Jeff Book

Examples of spun sugar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web King and his talented design team craft a world of spun sugar and fantastical delights sure to please the eyes, most noticeably in the pastels and jewel tones of Wonka’s shop. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 Dec. 2023 Some of the looks at Armani Privé, for example, were as delicate as spun sugar. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 29 Jan. 2024 Here, Willy’s pure spun sugar, with none of the complex ingredients that make a movie soar: relatability, humanity, foibles. Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 Iridescent rainbow orbs bursting into tangerine spun sugar. Krista Stevens, Longreads, 14 Feb. 2023 Following a search by drug-sniffing dogs and a nonintrusive inspection system, officers discovered more than 3,300 pounds of marijuana tucked inside the blue spun sugar. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2023 Its confiseries artfully sculpt spun sugar, lavish exacting attention on bonbons and extol the tradition of lavender-honey-pistachio nougat, particularly in Provence’s Montélimar. Laura Manske, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 Researchers used spun sugar – hardened sugar syrup drawn out into long strands as seen in cotton candy and cake decorations – to build bundles of hollow, synthetic tubes. Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2016 The thing to order is the snow egg, an eye-catching confection of meringue and lemon curd mousse over raspberries with basil syrup, wearing a crown of spun sugar. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spun sugar was in 1846

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“Spun sugar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spun%20sugar. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

spun sugar

: sugar that has been boiled and spun into fine threads usually for cotton candy
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