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cotton candy dreams come true

While we were in New York for Fashion Week, I had a crazy list of places I wanted to try. Vivi Bubble Tea, home of the cotton candy float, was one of them, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

We stopped in on our way to a meeting at the bloglovin’ offices, and ordered the house specialty, a matcha boba float. It was incredible- with the matcha shake only lightly sweetened to allow for the giant cloud of cotton candy, creamy and refreshing and caffeinated.

I was then and remain obsessed with cotton candy shakes, so in typical loveRavayna style, I decided to take action into my own hands.

Enter one of my Chanukah presents: the at-home cotton candy machine.


Being able to spin sugar on demand is seriously fun. Busting it out for dessert is a guaranteed dinner party hit, and I’ve I’ve been on a shakemaking streak.  Some of my favorites:


When a chocolate craving hits, this vanilla and chocolate shake is the answer. It’s speckled with chocolate chips and drizzled with ganache. I spun the cotton candy from cocoa sugar, and it was a chocoholic dream.


Have we met? I obviously had to embody myself in a pink unicorn shake! I blended dragonfruit with vanilla for flavor, bright pink color and a little bonus fiber. A cloud of puffy pink cotton candy was adorned with pink edible glitter and a unicorn pick, and the whole affair was a dream.


At this time of year, everyone is trying to clean up their eating, so I experimented with a healthier version.  The smoothie is unsweetened Acai purée, spinach, mango, banana and berries. It’s jampacked full of good stuff, but pretty tart, so a more modest cotton candy pouf (less than a teaspoon of sugar used here) was the perfect stir-in for a smidge of sweetness.


And I had to revisit the original obsession, so I made a matcha-vanilla milkshake with boba and brown sugar cotton candy. All so, so good…. let me know which you try at home, or if you make it to Vivi!


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  • Jennifer Quattrucci

    This is my absolute favorite post ! My daughter and I absolutely adore cotton candy , unicorns and all kinds of fun fashion! I had to share this beautiful post and delightful write up with her. You are so seriously gorgeous and inspiring!

  • OMG this looks so fun indeed! And having the chance to go hands-on spinning your own cotton candy is like the highlight of your post! How I wish I can attend NYFW and visit quaint cafés too!

  • Thomas Falkenstedt

    I hadn’t even heard of this cotton candy obsession before I read your post and now I’m desperate to try one. You should definitely invite me over for a unicorn one, haha. 🙂


  • This is sooo Fun and Good Idea:) Love the Photos and Would Love to Try:) Looks So Yumm:)
    In Love with your Hair:)
    Love Kisses Karina

  • So fun! I’m amazed that little pouf at the bottom is less than a teaspoon of sugar. It looks like so much more!

  • Wow that is truly unique! Love it!

  • Wow this is awesome! Since I was little, I’ve had an obsession with cotton candy so I really enjoyed your post:) xx

  • Jessie Li (4evajessie)

    When I was a kid i’ve always had a thing for cotton candies! it brings back so much childhood memories!!! Thanks for sharing this post babe!

    xx, Jessie

  • Sofia N

    omg its like all my favorite things in one jar! I LOVE boba and can drink it every day. Cotton candy however I don’t get to eat much.



    Hello dear!!
    Such a cute drinks!! I think my girls would be happy to try them in the kids version recipes ahah.

  • Amanda Smith

    I NEED TO GO THERE! They all look so amazing and I’m obsessed with cotton candy! I cannot get over the unicorn one! So glad you posted this! YUM!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  • That unicorn cotton candy is so cute! I love the idea of having an entire cafe dedicated to this dessert! It brings you back to the childhood which is so amazing!


  • mouthwatering over that Chocolate vanilla shake!! mUst be heaven! and the unicorn too isss just tooo adorable. Love your hair too btw!


  • Yum yum yum! And your hair, so cool!





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