Special Scoops: Cotton Candy is for Kids!

Claire Mulkey, Director of Communication

Cotton Candy Explosion is one of Bruster’s most popular flavors, catering, apparently, to all age groups. (Credit: Bruster’s)

In my humble, Bruster’s-loving opinion, serving Cotton Candy Explosion to an adult is an insult, both to the customer and to the employee. Its bright pink color, littering of Pop Rocks, and potent taste of food dye is an atrocity that should be limited to children under the age of nine only. Instead, full-grown adults and teenage boys claim the flavor, ordering large milkshakes and brownie sundaes with it. 

As a child, Cotton Candy Explosion was an exciting flavor. The pop of the candy was something new, creating texture in an otherwise bland consistency. However, as I aged, I realized that cotton candy’s flavor is excessively artificial, tasting nearly bitter with food dye, like black and red icing. I avoid this flavor at all costs, but during my last visit to Bruster’s, my sister forced me to share a scoop with her. 

I expected that I would not like the flavor, and upon the first spoonful, found that I was correct. None of the qualities of the flavor are appealing to me. I was horrified to learn that cotton candy is one of Bruster’s top sellers and is in stock year-round. I was even more horrified to learn that many of the customers who order it are at least 25 years old. To me, ordering cotton candy at Bruster’s is the same as going to Disney World for your honeymoon.

Though I must give this flavor a dismal rating of 2/10, I do reserve an exception for the flavor. When under nine years of age, ordering Cotton Candy Explosion is completely acceptable and thoroughly understandable. After that age, I will have precisely no sympathy as I watch customers shovel down the artificial, childish flavor.