12 Cotton Candy Recipes That Are Way Better Than Anything You'll Find At The Fair

Cotton candy is one of those treats that I will never be able to resist, no matter how messy it may be, and no matter how old I get. But unfortunately, unless you are conveniently at a state fair, on the boardwalk, or at a carnival, this snack may be hard to come by — so luckily you can make one of these cotton candy recipes instead. These are the desserts for the ultimate sweet tooth.

Whether you prefer to eat your cotton candy by the bag, bucket, or cone, these 12 recipes will have you dreaming of the airy light dessert day and night. No one can resist a cloud-like treat that comes in pretty pastel shades of blue and pink, and these sophisticated upgrades are just as delicious to munch on as the carnival snack.

From the most decadent cheesecake you have ever seen to some sweet, simple cupcakes, these desserts are sure to satisfy your cotton candy craving like no other, and you don’t even need to have a cotton candy machine at your disposal to make most of these. Bring the state fair to your home, and get creative — you are in for the sweetest sugar rush ever.

1. No-Machine Cotton Candy

When you just can't fight that craving, you don't have to head off to the boardwalk. The Kitchn proves that you can make your own cotton candy without a machine.

2. Cotton Candy Whoopie Pies

A sweet filling makes Inside BruCrew Life's whoopie pies a super sweet snack.

3. Cotton Candy Affogato

If you're looking to elevate your cotton candy consumption, then I Am A Food Blog's cotton candy affogato is the answer to your prayers.

4. Preggy Punch Mocktail

While A Spicy Perspective's colorful, tropical mocktail is intended as a baby shower refreshment, we think it makes a perfect sweet summer drink.

5. Cotton Candy Frozen Yogurt

Cotton candy froyo sounds amazing on its own, and with House of Yumm's homemade recipe, it gets even better.

6. Cotton Candy Oreo Cupcakes

At last, we know what to do with our cotton candy Oreos — use them in Bakerella's tasty cupcakes!

7. Cotton Candy Meringue

These light-as-air treats melt perfectly on your tongue, thanks to Cookies and Cups' genius recipe.

8. Coney Island Cheesecake

Yes, that is cotton candy whipped cream on top of the most decadent cheese cake ever, because How Sweet It Is is a cheesecake mastermind.

9. Cotton Candy Spritz Cookies

Bake.Love.Give's cotton-candy inspired bear cookies are almost too cute to eat.

10. Cotton Candy Muddy Buddies

Your favorite sweet snack just got an upgrade, thanks to House of Yumm.

11. Peek-A-Boo Martinis

With some cotton candy vodka, Marla Meridith takes happy hour to the next level.

12. Cotton Candy Cupcakes

When in doubt, you can't go wrong with Cookies and Cups' colorful cupcake recipe.

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Images: The Kitchn; Inside BruCrew Life; I Am A Food Blog; A Spicy Perspective; House of Yumm (2); Bakerella; Cookies and Cups (2); How Sweet It Is (2); Bake.Love.Give; Marla Meridith