Ahhh, cotton candy. The stuff sugary dreams are made of. Colorful and fun, the fluffy stuff has definitely made a culinary comeback lately and luckily, tea is part of that!
Also known as cotton candy tea, Marie Antoinette Tea is nothing more than hot tea poured over a handful of fresh cotton candy placed in a teacup. Bunched up high like Madame Deficit‘s ostentatious hairstyles, the more carefree you are with placing the candy in the cup, the more whimsical the effect. You can use any ordinary brand of cotton candy here, but for an occasion as fancy as Marie Antoinette Tea, I like to up the glamour factor by using Bon Puf gourmet cotton candy. Bon Puf is based out of LA, creating a truly modern take on this classic treat! Bon Puf has many unique flavors to choose from (like Sugar Cookie & Salted Caramel!), but I especially love their classic tea flavors like Earl Grey, Chai & Rose. These are ideal for using with a bold, unflavored black tea. And for lovers of green tea, there’s Lychee Green Tea cotton candy!An important component of this recipe is the teacup that you use to present the cotton candy in. The more impressive the teacup, the more delightful the experience. This is a great time to pull out your most cherished bone china pieces.
I don’t always add sugar to my tea, but for black teas like Afternoon Tea or English Breakfast blends, it can be really nice. A large handful of the candy creates a very subtle sweetness, like adding a teaspoon of sugar to your cup.
It’s also a good idea to steep your tea on the stronger side here. As your guests may also be adding milk to the sugared brew, this ensures that the tea’s flavor is able to shine though. Serve Marie Antoinette Tea at your next fancy tea party and I’m sure your guests will be captivated and charmed. And make sure to use the freshest cotton candy you can get, as you want those ‘dos to stay nice and poofy for as long as possible!A big thanks to Bon Puf for providing the cotton candy used in this post. Please check out their site for the most delicious assortment of cotton candy flavors, like Sparkle Puff (made with edible glitter)!
Marie Antoinette Tea
cotton candy (I used Earl Grey, Chai & Rose flavored cotton candy from Bon Puf)
milk, to serve (optional)
your most beautiful teacups!
1. Place a handful of cotton candy in a teacup. Fluff it so that it looks like Marie Antoinette’s hair.
2. Pour freshly steeped hot tea into the teacup & enjoy with or without milk.