Cotton Candy Grows Up
A new local vendor creates fluffy cotton candy for kids of all ages
Like many of us, Queen Anne’s Cristie Schrader grew up loving the airy, sugary delicacy that is cotton candy. What trip to the zoo or the amusement park was complete without a cone of those vaguely flavored pink or blue puffs? In 2012, after getting hooked again as an adult, Schrader launched Spun Cotton Candy Co., with the aim of providing the fluffy stuff for weddings, birthdays and other private events. With recipe help from local chef David White of Tilth restaurant, Schrader uses organic sugar, natural food coloring and flavoring to take this classic treat up a notch with refined but distinctly whimsical flavors such as lavender, lemon blossom and rose, and she is working on perfecting savory flavors as rare as mesquite and as exotic as cardamom. Colors are soft, beautiful and supremely suited to a wedding, both as an unexpected dessert and a memorable favor. Schrader is open to custom colors, flavors and cones, and can make batches ahead of time (minimum of 30 premade cones for $90) or come to your event and spin to order ($215 for two hours), while dressed in an adorable uniform of navy and white stripes and a custom blue fascinator.