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Sugar cotton candy is popular among Vietnamese kids and tourists: A travel note
In streets of Vietnam, at its night markets and outside the tourist spots, you can find both men and women vendors selling sugar cotton candies. The cotton candy is quite popular with kids and tourists both. I saw a portable cotton candy vendor outside the Tribal Museum in Hanoi who had neatly hung the candies on an iron frame by road side along with packets of popcorn.

Cotton candy is called 'keo bong gon' in Vietnamese which is a form of spun sugar confection with dashes of colour and flavour which change from place to place.

However, like other countries, in Vietnam, the candy is made by heating and liquefying sugar and spinning it out through a minute holes with a centrifuge. Once in air, thin molten sugar strands re-solidify as cotton candy, which mostly contains air. It is sold on a stick or in a poly bag.

In Vietnam, the sugar cotton making machines are quite neat in which the molten sugar solidifies in the air and is caught in a larger bowl which totally surrounds the spinning head of the machine. The spinning head rotates very fast to throw the stands out. The sugar strands are gathered on stick, cone or in poly bags.

The machines in Vietnam are small and automatically produce single-servings of sugar cotton candy in which the spinning head moves at a speed of several thousand revolutions per minute. Most tourists have Vietnamese sugar ball candy to get nostalgic about their childhood experience, and so did I during my visit to Hanoi.

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